Charity walker to reach seafront

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A CHARITY champion will walk along Eastbourne seafront on Tuesday as part of a 6,000 mile sponsored trek round the UK coastline.

John Rayment is passing through East Sussex on the latest leg of his epic journey, which began at Gravesend in Kent earlier this month and will finish in the same time in October next year.

The retired business lecturer from Hornchurch decided to take on the challenge after retiring from his role at the Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.

He has already climbed his way to the 19,000ft summit of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, and tackled the entire route of the south west coast from Cornwall to Dorset.

He told the Herald, “This is something that I have dreamed about, leaving the comfort and safety of my house to really challenge myself.

“People have said that I am totally mad, but I want the t-shirt to prove that I have done it.”

John will be raising money for Parkinson’s UK, Cure Parkinsons Trust, Parkinsons Improvement Programme following the death of his father from the disease in 2002.

The 58-year-old added, “The charities are very close to my heart. If people gave a penny for every step I take on this walk then I would raise about £120,000.”

To donate visit or follow John on Twitter @raymentjohn.