Man walks the distance for his sick wife

9:52am Friday 26th September 2008

By Rachel Ryan

A MAN whose wife has suffered for 15 years with a debilitating disease is walking across England to raise £60,000.

Andy Monk hopes that his 5,262 mile effort to 722 newspaper offices and radio stations will help scientists to rapidly research a cure for MS – which he has seen take hold of his wife.

And last week he called into the Citizen offices on the second week of his walk to talk about his mission and how he wants locals to help him to walk the distance for the cause.

The 47-year-old is a full-time carer for his wife Gwen and says that raising the cash would make a massive difference into the research for a cure for MS.

The disease affects the nerve fibres of the central nervous system - the brain and spinal cord - causing chronic fatigue, loss of mobility, loss of speech and blindness.

The first leg of Andrew’s journey takes in the North of England before he embarks on conquering the south.

And he wants locals to help him raise cash for the Myelin Project and the Accelerated Cure Project.

He told the Citizen: “If just one person from each town or village could walk one mile with me this time and raise a ten pounds, the total raised throughout the north would be a tremendous boost for research.

“I chose to walk to newspaper offices because I want them to pass the message on that everyday without a cure is a day too late for somebody with MS.”

And his son – a student at Lancaster University - is helping the cause with his musical talents.

Says Andy: “A CD featuring tracks from Manchester bands and a dedicated group of musicians from Lancaster University including my son’s band Boo Boo Kiddyfonc will be on sale in shops to help boost funds.”

City councillor Chris, who walked the mile and pledged £10, told the Citizen: “I have two friends who suffer from MS and so I was very keen to support Andy and help him raise money.”

And city councillor David Kerr told the Citizen: “I want local people to support Andy and help him raise the money. I give him full credit for what he is doing because carers are a forgotten breed, they have a difficult job but what they do is very important.”

Residents can log onto www.walkamile.co.uk to see where and when Andy in walking through their town and to pledge cash for the cause.

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