Overnight canalside trek for children’s hospital

Keith Siddle, from Leighton Buzzard, ready for the next walk for GOSH
Keith Siddle, from Leighton Buzzard, ready for the next walk for GOSH

A window cleaner from Leighton Buzzard who has raised thousands to help a children’s hospital is about to embark on another epic challenge.

Keith Siddle will be joining hundreds of walkers and runners on a 100km trek from London to the Bletchley area on a canalside route.

The 52-year-old, well known locally also for decorating his house with Christmas lights, will be making the non-stop overnight walk on Saturday, June 27.

Now an experienced fundraiser from a number of similar challenges, Keith is hoping to finish this journey in under 24 hours. He sets off from near Regents Park at 10am and the walk ends near Stoke Hammond.

Since his first trek in 2011, he has raised nearly £18,000 with most of that cash donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital, where years ago a family friend was treated.

Keith said: “I’m actually more apprehensive about this canalside walk because of the hard ground. Although as a window cleaner I’m on my feet all day, it’s still going to be hard on my feet. I’d like to thank all my customers who have given so generously over the years.”

Keith has walked Hadrian’s Wall, the Jurassic Coast, London to Brighton and last year the rugged Lizard Point to Land’s End, raising his best total of £4,700 - and last year he gave half to Alzheimers.

The charity walk is organised by Challenge UK. To support Keith you can donate @justgiving/keithsiddle