Inspirational Zak, 12, walks 238 miles staying in sub zero tent temperatures to raise over £2220

By Jill Dando News

Inspirational Zak Swire, has walked 238 miles from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset to Blackpool, staying in sub zero tent temperatures to raise over £2220 for a cancer charity.

Zak, 12, of Worle Community School Academy walked to Blackpool from his Weston-super-Mare home to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research and Trinity Hospice, raising over £2200 and counting.

The Year 7 student was with nine other people from his family for the six day trip, and even stayed in a tent for three nights with temperatures plunging to minus four degrees C.

Zak was determined to do the whole journey to help raise money for his great uncle Kevin who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The Hutton Juniors player also received an extra boost by meeting his hero, the Blackpool FC right back football player Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel after the walk.

Zak, who wants to be in the Army one day, said: “I was relieved and felt amazing to have done this. It was so good to be able to help out.

“We had some really generous people who gave money to our cause and we had a great time.”

Principal Jacqui Scott said: “Everyone is so proud of Zak. To walk such a long way for a wonderful cause is an incredible achievement.”

Zak is pictured at Weston-super-Mare Football Club after being presented with a signed football shirt by the club. He is also pictured at Blackpool where he received a signed football shirt front the town’s football team Both shirts are now up for sale for Macmillan Cancer Research.

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