Phil Orford, the chief executive of the Forum of Private Business, is hiking 84 miles along Hadrian’s Wall to raise money for the Children’s Cancer and Leukemia Group (CCLG), which is the FPB‘s nominated charity.
“Forty-something” Phil, who lives in Plumley, used his summer holiday to take part in the fundraiser and set off from Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria on Tuesday (August 18). He is due to arrive in Wallsend near Tyne and Wear on Friday after covering around 20 miles per day.
Like Gary Barlow, Chris Moyles and the other celebrities who recently climbed Kilimanjaro for charity, Phil will be using social networking website Twitter to keep people up to date on his trek. Supporters can follow Phil’s progress and leave messages of support via Twitter@PhilOrford
Commenting on Phil’s endeavours, FPB spokesman Chris Gorman said: “We wish Phil all the best on his trek and hope it raises some much-needed funds for CCLG. I don’t think you could imagine a more worthy cause than a charity which helps and supports children living with cancer.
“I should also point out that Phil decided to do this at the last minute and has done little or no training. As a result, he really is going to be earning every penny of that sponsorship money and I expect he’ll still be feeling a little sore when he returns to the office next week!”
The FPB is based in Ruskin Chambers and has been campaigning for the interests of small and medium-sized businesses since its inception in 1977.