A man from Burton Latimer is in training for a several thousand mile trek from Kettering to Kilimanjaro.
Mick Rogers, 49, has spent two years and £20,000 preparing for the mammoth walk, which will begin from Wicksteed Park on March 2 and will take anywhere between five and eight months to complete.
Mr Rogers is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Care during the walk as the charity has supported his dad who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago.
His walk will take him first from Kettering to Cornwall, where he will be visiting family, and from there to London, France, Switzerland, Italy and Greece before he sails to Africa and crosses much of the continent before ending up in Tanzania.
Mr Rogers said: “I started training two years ago after my dad was diagnosed and lots of time and effort has gone into preparing the route.
“I’m hoping to link up with schools in the Kettering area so I can speak to pupils about the challenge while I am on the route, and I will also be keeping my Facebook page up to date.”
Mr Rogers said he is putting his domestic life on hold while he completes the challenge.
He added: “I have left my job and I’m cancelling all my bills and so on. This is going to be my only aim until I finish.”
Although he plans to walk the vast majority of the route, there are one or two areas in Africa where Mr Rogers said he will use limited transport as they are too dangerous to cross on foot because of the risk of robbery.
Mr Rogers is asking for sponsorship but is also hoping to speak to companies which will provide care-packages, such as medical equipment, boots (he estimates he will go through 11 pairs on the journey) and clothes, which he will pick up along the route.
Find out more about Mr Rogers’ challenge here.
To contact him directly about sponsorship, call 07743 233866.