200 mile coast-to-coast trek is no match for Whittlesey fundraiser Jason

PUBLISHED: 16:25 29 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:25 29 September 2016

Jason Osbourne on his coast-to-coast walk.

Jason Osbourne on his coast-to-coast walk.

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A man from Whittlesey has returned to Fenland after trekking almost 200 miles across the UK - all in the name of charity.

Jason Osbourne walked from the 309 kilometres from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin’s Hood Bay in North Yorkshire to raise cash for local charity, Defibrillators For All.

And after 14 days, a series of blisters and periods of torrential rain, Jason returned to Whittlesey having raised over £2,200.

He said: “I want to thank each and everyone who donated. To everyone who supported me by commenting daily and wishing me luck throughout – it’s your comments that kept me going.

“I especially want to thank William Boardman and GCE for all the extra kit I needed to do this epic trek.

“My advice to everyone is to get out and explore this beautiful country we have. I’ve seen places that I never thought existed, met some amazing people and met some great friends along the way.

“What a great country we live in, and as they say in Lancashire – grand as owt, lad!”

Jason began his trek by dipping his toes in the sea at St Bees, before setting off across the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park and finishing at Robin Hood’s Bay on September 24.

The money raised will go to the Whittlesey charity which aims to combat undiagnosed heart conditions in young people.

It costs approximately £50 for a screening, meaning 44 young people can be screened thanks to Jason’s fundraising.

Deborah Slator, from Defibrillators For All, said: “We are so grateful to Jason for taking on this gigantic task to support the people of Whittlesey and help us to raise much needed funds.”

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