Granddad's 600 mile charity trip

A grandfather has completed a journey of more than 600 miles to raise money for charity after his six-year-old granddaughter was diagnosed with cancer.

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End of a long journey for fundraiser

A man has completed a journey of more than 600 miles to raise money for charity after his six-year-old granddaughter was diagnosed with cancer.

Alistair McIntyre, 54, trekked and cycled from Fife in Scotland to Deal in Kent - a route taken by his grandfather Jimmy McIntyre in 1933 in search of work.

Alistair set up the In Jimmy's Footsteps appeal to raise money for Cancer Research UK after his granddaughter Belle McIntyre was diagnosed with neuroblastoma last year.

In an emotional finish, Alistair walked hand-in-hand with Belle on the final leg of his journey from Aylesham to Deal today.

After being diagnosed with cancer, Belle underwent a gruelling two years of treatment, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery and stem cell transplant.

She is still receiving some treatment but is back in class at St Stephen's Infant School in Canterbury.

"I'm absolutely delighted. I was a bit emotional as I finished as it was 610 miles in total, but I feel fantastic and we have raised a lot of money."

– Alistair McIntyre, charity fundraiser

Thankfully, Belle is getting stronger and fitter as each day passes.The walk and all the fund-raising is a way of marking that and saying thank you for all the life-saving treatment she has had, and the support people have given."

– Ben McIntyre, Belle's father
  • Alistair initially set himself a £10,000 target but his loyal band of supporters helped him exceed that figure even before he set off.
  • It now stands at £25,000 and he hopes to hit £30,000 by the time he finishes all aspects of his challenge by the end of the year.

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