Trek for Lucia raises £4,000

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A Linslade man who trekked across the country in aid of a children’s heart charity has raised more than £4,000.

Paul Kilby, of Faulkners Way, decided to walk from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire to support Little Hearts Matter after Lucia Pollard, his daughter Emma’s goddaughter, was born with half a working heart last April.

He set off shortly after Lucia’s first birthday on April 22 and has received donations totalling more than four times his initial £1,000 target.

Paul said: “It was one of the most magnificent things I’ve ever done and one of the hardest things as well! The scenery was fantastic, and the one thing that kept me going was the people I was raising money for. The support I’ve had has been fantastic. We linked it in with LHM and that gave us a good basis for doing the whole thing, and I’m delighted with the sum of the money as it’s quite a small charity.”

Lucia’s mum Fiona, of High Street South, Stewkley, added:“It’s amazing. It’s going to make such a massive difference to the charity.”

There is still time to donate at and Paul was grateful for the generosity already shown by readers of Lucia’s story. He said: “We raised around £200 from people we had never met following the LBO article.”