An Easingwold leukaemia patient defied rough terrain and some of the highest fells in England to complete the Pennine Way Challenge, raising nearly £6,500 towards groundbreaking research into blood cancers.
Harvey Greenwood walked 270-miles in just three weeks in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the charity dedicated to finding better treatments for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
The 39-year-old was inspired to undertake the gruelling trek from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland after being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in March 2001.
Thanks to new drug treatments, Harvey is able to manage the disease by taking daily medication, allowing him to take on the challenge.
Harvey says, “Walking was all about giving something back and making sure other patients benefit from the chances I’ve had. I’d hoped to raise £5,000 but to smash that is a phenomenal feeling.”
The father-of-two was accompanied by Paul Courtney from Hinckley in Leicestershire, who had been planning to tackle the Pennine Way on his own before joining Harvey in walking to beat blood cancers.
“We’d only known each other for a few months but it was great to have Paul with me,” says Harvey, “Three weeks of walking day in day out was tough, but we kept each other going.”
I’d never done any kind of endurance challenge before so I’m absolutely over the moon to have finished. And I’m going to keep supporting Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, but I might put my feet up for a bit first!”
Kate White, Director of Fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: “Well done Harvey for putting in such a great effort on behalf of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. All the money raised will make a real difference to patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”
You can support Harvey at: www.justgiving.com/harveygreenwood
Read more about Harvey's adventures on his blog