Postman goes the extra mile for charity

PUBLISHED: 13:30 08 June 2016 | UPDATED: 14:26 08 June 2016

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Mother Hannah Harvey, Father Tom Penfold with son Frankie Penfold and Mark.

Royal Mail Mother Hannah Harvey, Father Tom Penfold with son Frankie Penfold and Mark.

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A Burnham postman is undertaking a 500-mile charity walk to raise money for a cause close to his heart and celebrate 500 years of the postal service.

Mark Penfold started his walk in Edinburgh and will travel the 500 miles to London on one of the oldest postal routes in the UK.

He is raising money for the Lily Foundation, which supports research into mitochondrial disease – a condition in which cells do not produce enough energy.

Mark’s 18-month-old grandson Frankie was born with the condition and the charity aims to raise awareness of the condition and boost treatment options. At the moment there is no cure for the disease and symptoms vary in every patient.

Mark said: “I am privileged to be following in the footsteps of ancient postal carriers to mark 500 years of the postal service.

“Thinking of Frankie will spur me on to the finish line. I am looking forward to seeing other fellow postmen and women on my route, as well as Lily Foundation supporters.”

Mark is aiming to walk 20 miles every day and will arrive at Tower Bridge in London on June 18.

To sponsor Mark, click here.

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