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Ticket to ride raises five times fund-raising target for Chadwell Heath man

07:00 30 July 2014

The five reach their destination

The five reach their destination

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Tired of sitting on the bus? You should try three full days’ worth.

Setting off from BrightonSetting off from Brighton

An IT technician from Chadwell Heath has raised more than £5,200 for Pancreatic Cancer UK – more than five times his target – by travelling the length of England on local bus routes.

Craig Rowley, 27, who calls Romford his home town, travelled on 19 buses to get the 400 miles from Brighton to Berwick with four of his friends.

The group left on Wednesday and reached the Scottish border on Saturday – but not without personal injury.

“My back’s absolutely killing me. You forget about the lack of suspension on buses,” he told the Post this week. “In all seriousness though the response has been absolutely crazy and extremely humbling. At one point we were struggling to break £1,000.

In WhitbyIn Whitby

“Ultimately it’s also about the awareness. Through all the ­media coverage and social ­media updates it’s exciting to think how many millions may have heard about the charity for the first time.”

Inspired by his terminally-ill mum, Audrey, 66, who suffers from the disease, the pals passed through Tunbridge Wells, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Newcastle.

Despite thorough planning, the group were forced to make a change – arriving in Barnsley to find the 444 to Leeds no longer existed.

Craig admits the kindness of strangers was overwhelming. “When we arrived in Watford a young gentleman came running over to us, almost expecting our arrival, and emptied his entire wallet into our charity pot. He explained his grandmother had died of pancreatic cancer, so it meant a lot to him.”

For more information or to donate visit justgiving.com/brighton2berwick.

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