Holyport father takes on Thames Paths Challenge in memory of his mother

Grace Witherden

A father-of-two will attempt to walk 62 miles along the Thames in memory of his mother on Saturday.

James Camplin, from Holyport, will take on the Thames Path Challenge. He has so far managed to raise more than £7,500.

The challenge runs three walks along the Thames at different lengths, with money being raised for charities. James will be walking 100km from Putney Bridge to Henley.

The 40-year-old said: “After my mother passed away from cancer in January last year, I wanted to repay Thames Hospice for everything they did.

“Doing this challenge was something me and my mum had both talked about, but just hours after her death I decided I had to do it.

But James’ training has not run smoothly after an accident on Good Friday left him on crutches for months, and he was only told he was fit enough to walk it on Monday.

The surveyor said: “I was just going for a walk on Good Friday with my family, I wasn’t training or anything and I slipped and damaged my fibula.

“I couldn’t train properly for two months, and then slowly I started to build up muscle again.

“When I signed up originally my goal was to complete the walk in 20 hours but now I will be happy with just finishing it, whether it takes me 20 hours or 33 hours.

“It will be a bigger achievement for me finishing it because it’s been a challenge just to take part in it.

“I want to thank all the support I have had from family and friends.

“I’ve raised about £7,500 so far but I would love to raise more, the hospice are ecstatic but they would be happy if I raised a few hundred quid.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/James-Camplin to donate.

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