Big Old Walk to raise money for Parkinson’s

Kieran Sherry and Jack Chalkley
Kieran Sherry and Jack Chalkley

The grandson of a city Parkinson’s sufferer has taken on the challenge of walking across America in his grandfathers memory.

Kieran Sherry, 24, will team up with friend Jack Chalkley, 25, to walk the 3,000 miles from New York to Los Angeles.

The pair are set to start the journey in New York on June 1,

Mr Sherry said: “I’m raising money for Parkinsons UK.

“My grandfather was a Milton Keynes resident and member of the parish at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone.

“I’m originally from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, but both of my grandparents lived in Milton Keynes.”

Both Mr Sherry and Mr Chalkley are walking for charities that bear significant importance to them.

The walk will be funded by the pair to ensure that the charities receive the maximum quantity of donations.

“It’s 100 per cent self funded and all donations will go direct to the charities, we’ll split them 50/50 between the two of us,” Mr Sherry added.

The route, which will take them across 12 states, starts from New York and will take them across to Chicago and down to Denver before they reach Los Angeles.

The pair, who have no long distance walking experience between them, will aim to travel 18 miles each day with no cars or public transport and no support team behind them.

The fundraiser will last for seven months as they spend their nights sleeping in tents and eating whatever they can find.

Further information can be found on their website, where there is also a link to their donations page.