Mike Walk - 11 (2)Mike Crewdson has completed his 200 mile coast-to-coast walk across the North of England in just ten days to raise more than £16,000 – almost double his original target – for St Ann’s Hospice in Manchester.

Taking on the challenge in the memory of his late wife Rosemary Crewdson, Mike set out supported by colleagues from the window industry from St Bees on the Irish Sea on the second anniversary of her death on the 21st of May.

Following in the footsteps of the great fell walker Alfred Wainwright, whose guides made the route famous, Mike then tackled the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks, plus all the rain the great British weather could throw at him, to arrive at and Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea coast.

In doing so, he not only raised the £10,000 he aimed for to cover one-day’s hospice running costs but with the industry’s backing a further £6,000, as he completed the equivalent the impressive feat of seven-and-a-half marathons on consecutive days.

Mike, who received moral boosting sponsorship from Emplas, T&K Home Improvements, Ecostar Double Glazing, Profile 22, Total Glass and Total Hardware amongst others, said that he had been overwhelmed by the generosity of the his colleagues in the window industry.

He said: “We all know just how special this industry is and how many great people there are within it, but I have to say that I have been completely overwhelmed by the support I received both from the team at Emplas and the industry at large.

“It’s allowed us to exceed our targets and raise in excess of £16,000 for what I know, through personal experience, to be an exceptional organisation and charity.

“While this is a fantastic sum, it still only covers two-days running costs, so I would appeal to anyone who hasn’t donated yet, to get online and make a donation to my Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/Mike-Crewdson .”