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Going the extra mile for NUJ extra

Chris Morley is walking the Pennine Way for NUJ charity  -  © NUJ

17 April 2014

Chris Morley, Northern  and Midlands Organiser is really going to get to know his patch, by walking the 270 miles of the Pennine Way.

He will be set off on 4 May from Edale, in the Peak District, and hopes to stagger over the finish line three weeks later at Kirk Yetholm, just over the Northumberland border.

The 53-year-old will be doing the walk to raise badly-needed funds for the NUJ's charity, NUJ Extra. 

NUJ Extra helps members who have fallen on hard timeswith a one-off grant. You can donate here.

The trek, along the UK's oldest National Trail, follows the spine of England through the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, along Hadrian's Wall and into the Cheviots.

Chris, a dad of two daughters, is a keen walker and has previously completed the long distance trail Offa's Dyke in Wales. He said:

"I am genuinely daunted by this challenge as I did not get the sort of time I would have wanted to practice and I am not nearly as youthful as the time I did Offa's Dyke.  But I'm looking forward to being out in the pick of English countryside when it is at its best in springtime.

"If those who know me can contribute anything to mark my efforts I would be thrilled and I am very much looking to branches and chapels to chip in if they can.  Hopefully I can reach the finish line and still be fit enough to get straight back into supporting members in the North and Midlands with the big issues facing them."

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