Charity Trek in aid of Daisy is taking its toll!

SNAKES and sore feet will not stop this Billingham bloke from completing a nearly 800-mile walk through France.

Paul Burgum is around a third of the way through his journey to raise money for Daisy Elliott.

The one-year-old from Billingham has a rare brain condition affecting less than one person in every million in the UK, and is now awaiting a date for a major op at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London.

Paul is also undertaking the sponsored walk in aid of the Sick Children’s Trust, which provides free accommodation close to hospitals for families.

So far his adventure has seen the 33-year-old run away from a large snake – his “only phobia” and climb 2,250m in the Alps.

Paul, who lives in Billingham with partner of three years Jody Lyons, has been tweeting and blogging his progress along the way.

He has also been posting an array of snaps – including many of his injured feet and spectacular views.

In his latest blog entry during a rest day in Cremieu, Paul said: “I have had my body re-energised this morning and last night and will be ready to start again on the road with maximum determination.

“Getting a call from Imran, tweet from Brian Moore and donation from good pal Jonny D as well as speaking to Jody have done the trick.”

Paul, who started his walk in Monte Carlo on September 31, will finish his trek at Le Havre Ferry Terminal. And like two previous walks which he has completed in the UK, Paul has had no support crew or cash – relying on the kindness of others or camping along the way.

Back on Teesside proud dad Mike has been keeping in touch with his son through texts and Twitter.

The 60-year-old site manager from Billingham said: “It’s absolutely marvellous what he’s doing.

“He’s already walked over 250 miles. His feet are in a bad state and are all bandaged up. He has at least another three weeks to go – I think he’ll be shattered by then.”

Now Mike is calling on people to sponsor Paul as well as follow him on Twitter to offer messages of support.

Mike is also asking anybody who thinks they may be able to provide accommodation or a meal along the way to get in touch with him on 07919 533703.

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