Paul’s 1,000-mile trek – after Boxing Day!

A MAN who plans to walk 1,000 miles across Italy for charity now has a new date for the adventure. 

Paul Burgum - Italian WalkPaul Burgum, 34, a former Hartlepool College of Further Education student, had hoped to take on the challenge not long after completing the Great North Run.

But the task has now been set to start on Friday, December 27, said his friend Ian Richardson.

And Ian urged Mail readers to help with the challenge.

He said Paul still needed a £300 expedition tent, £150 sleeping bag and £400 for flights.

Ian said: “If people could donate or lend some equipment, that would be a great help as the more support he receives in donations of equipment, the more he can raise in sponsorship.”

But for anyone thinking walking across Italy is a step too far, Paul is no stranger to pushing himself hard.

Last year, he walked from Monaco to Billingham and he’s previously walked from the Orkney Islands back to Teesside.

This year’s challenge will raise money for the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund.

Billingham-born Paul, a youth worker, has relatives from the Hartlepool area.

Anyone interested in supporting Paul should visit his Just Giving page at


Thanks to Hartlepool Mail 

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