A MAN is taking on a coast-to-coast walking challenge to support a hospice who cared for his "beloved" wife before she passed away.

Between May 18 and 31, Adrian Luty, from Hunmanby, will be walking a 190-mile route from St Bee’s in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay to support Saint Catherine's hospice.

Adrian is taking on the challenge in memory of his wife, Debbie, who sadly died last year after a battle with illness.

Adrian said: "Saint Catherine’s looked after and nursed Debbie through her last six weeks of life, something I will never be able to thank them enough for.

"I cannot describe how we would have coped without this. The hospice and all its staff were just so incredibly compassionate, loving and caring. We are so lucky to have this facility in Scarborough.

"The work they do, both in the hospice and community is so incredibly special and amazing."

As is the tradition of the coast to coast walk, Adrian will carry a pebble for his wife Debbie and an extra pebble for the hospice.

Adrian added that he wants to raise money for Saint Catherine’s as the charity only receives around a third of its funding from Government and NHS commissioners. It costs around £5.5 million a year for the hospice to provide all of its services.

He said that people have already been asking if they can walk part of the route with him. He has sourced some t-shirts for those who may want to join the event. Contact him direct for these on his Facebook page at: @walk4debbie.

"It would be great to see pictures of people wearing the T-shirts and joining the event," Adrian added.

To support Adrian's challenge, visit: https://bit.ly/3wZ3R56