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I would walk 5000 miles

A man who is walking 5000 miles through the UK to raise money for charity is in the borders this weekend.

Colm Farrell, who is known as 'the Hazard', has taken on the challenge to support the suicide prevention charity Console.

Colm, who comes from County Galway in Ireland, carries a tent for emergencies but relies on the goodwill of people he meets on his journey for accommodation.

He started his walk in the very north of Scotland in July and he has only needed to stay in his tent once.

He will reach Peebles this afternoon, but his whole journey is expected to take eleven months to complete.


Full Report: Charity walk for cancer

School children in the Scottish borders have been showing their support today for a man who is walking five hundred miles to raise money for charity.

Alistair McIntyre from Galashiels is following in the footsteps of his grandfather who walked from Fife to Kent in the 1930s to try to find work.

Alistair is doing the journey to raise money for cancer research. He plans to walk the final mile with his granddaughter - who suffers from a rare form of the disease.

Watch the full report from Kathryn Samson below.

Galashiels man in Borders as part of 500 mile walk

School children at St. Ronan's Primary in Innerleithen are supporting Alistair on his walk Credit: ITV News Border

A 54-year-old Borders man is walking 500 miles to raise money for charity and follow in the footsteps of his grandfather.

Alistair McIntyre, from Galashiels, is walking from Fife to Kent- recreating the route his grandfather walked in search of work 80 years ago.

Jimmy McIntyre Credit: ITV News Border

Jimmy McIntyre was a miner trying to find a job during the great depression.


Grandfather inspired charity walk

Mr McIntyre has set up the 'In Jimmy's Footsteps' appeal, in his grandfather's memory, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

His six-year-old granddaughter Belle was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.

"Belle is bright, funny and incredibly brave. The whole family has shown amazing strength and resilience during this difficult time and they are an inspiration to us all."

– Alistair McIntyre

"Jimmy and Belle have both shown remarkable determination and I know this will be matched by Alistair and his resolve to raise as much money as possible for life saving research.

"In Jimmy's Footsteps is a wonderfully imaginative fundraising idea and everyone at the charity wishes Alistair and his supporters well as they embark upon their appeal."

– Donna Marshall, Cancer Research UK's volunteer manager in the Borders

The walk will take place from Fife to Deal, beginning in Lochore Mine where Jimmy once worked.

To find out more about the 'In Jimmy's Footsteps' appeal click here.

Galashiels man to walk 500 miles for cancer charity

Alistair McIntyre and his six-year-old granddaughter Belle Credit: Cancer Research UK
Jimmy McIntyre Credit: Cancer Research UK

In 1933 Jimmy McIntyre walked 500 miles to find a work as a minor, in order to support his pregnant wife and young son.

Now 80 years on, his 54-year-old grandson Alistair McIntyre, from Galashiels, is planning on walking 500 miles to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Alistair's six-year-old granddaughter, Belle was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2011.

She has already been treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery and a stem cell transplant, and is currently undergoing treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton as part of a clinical trial.

500 mile walk charity for cancer

A 54-year-old man from Galashiels is preparing to walk 500 miles for Cancer Research UK, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Jimmy, who completed the walk 80 years ago.

Alistair McIntyre, whose six-year-old granddaughter has cancer, has set up the 'In Jimmy's Footsteps' appeal to raise money for the cancer charity.

In 1933 Jimmy McIntyre left his pregnant wife and young son to make the 500 mile journey from Fife to Kent, to look for work mining work.

"This challenge is a celebration of two lives. Belle is only six-years-old and has already undergone every type of treatment you can imagine.

"Jimmy McIntyre went on to help and support a great many miners, working with the union to secure welfare for those who were injured or suffering.

"The way Jimmy and Belle coped with the situations they found themselves in show character, strength and a determination to live.**

"Many people's lives are touched by cancer and by funding research we can increase our chances of fighting this terrible disease."**

– Alistair McIntyre