Gravesend security guard steps out in memory of aunt

PUBLISHED: 09:43 07 July 2011

Michael Turner

Michael Turner


» A security guard is quitting his job to trek across England in honour of his aunt.

Michael Turner, of Singlewell Road, Gravesend, will leave everything behind to set off on his solo journey, beginning on the south coast near Southampton and walk to Hadrian’s Wall.

The 20-year-old said he was inspired to take on the challenge in memory of his aunt Lyn Turner, who died of breast cancer five years ago.

He said: “I love my country. I think it is beautiful and I want to explore it. I will be raising money for Cancer Research UK in honour of my aunt, who was my best friend, but also it is about taking time to work out what I want to do.”

Highlights on his 600-mile journey include walking along the Pennines, visiting the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales, with just a tent and camping gear.

“Bushcraft is a hobby of mine so I’m pretty confident I will be all right,” he said.

He leaves on July 23 and hopes to complete his task by November, in time for his mum’s 50th birthday.

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