Burnham-on-Sea postman raises £50k after mammoth walk across the country

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:04 30 June 2016

Mark Penfold

Mark Penfold

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A Burnham postman has raised more than £50,000 for charity after a mammoth 500-mile walk across the country.

Mark Penfold, aged 50, was also joined by former England cricketer Phil Tufnell and actress Lucy Speed as he neared the end of his challenge last weekend.

Mark walked from Edinburgh to London – one of the country’s first ever postal routes – and was greeted by a rousing reception at the finish line.

The £55,000 raised will be donated to the Lily Foundation, which raises money for research into mitochondrial disease.

Mark’s grandson Frankie, who is 18 months old, suffers from the disease, which affects the nervous system and is life-limiting.

Mark said: “I feel privileged to follow in the footsteps of historic postal carriers and raise money for a cause that is so close to my heart.

“Thinking of my grandson spurred me on to the finish line and I know every penny will be going to help other children.”

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