Welwyn team conquers tough challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:51 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:51 04 October 2016

The eight-strong walking team with two support drivers.

The eight-strong walking team with two support drivers.

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A team of Welwyn mechanics raised thousands of pounds for a badly disabled youngster by completing a tough non-stop overnight walking challenge.

Eight colleagues at John Charles Auto in School Lane walked 52 miles, partly through Welwyn Hatfield, in just over 12 hours last month, raising about £5,000 for eight-year-old Kye Vincent.

Thanks to an attack of meningitis earlier this year, Kye has lost both legs, part of one arm, and a hand.

Four of the walking team completed the 52-mile route from Baldock Services to Waltham Abbey carrying military rucksacks of 24.4 kilogrammes - Kye’s weight - each.

Senior MOT tester Adam Henderson, 43, who organised the challenge, said: “It was back-breaking, but most of us are parents, and it [Kye’s story] hit home hard.”

He became aware of the Leighton Buzzard youngster through a VW owners club that regularly meets at The Crooked Chimney pub near Lemsford.

Adam, 43, is used to tough physical challenges from his time in the British Army and various other sponsored stunts.

The team, supported by two drivers, passed through Stevenage, Knebworth, Welwyn, and Welwyn Garden City before joining the River Lee Navigation towpath in Hertford.

The sponsorship, raised with the help of several local businesses, will help Kye’s parents fund treatment, rehabilitation, and adaptations to their home.

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