Posted: Sun 8th Jan 2023

Incredible Penycae man walking 3,000 miles across America for Hope House for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jan 8th, 2023

A Wrexham man is pulling on his walking boots once again and walking nearly 3,000 miles across the USA to raise money for Hope House children’s hospice. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Paul Edwards, from Penycae, started out on Friday and will trek from California to South Carolina over five months with the aim of raising about £15,000. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

His mission will see him take in 11 states also including Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia! ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Pauls said: “I am taking on my biggest challenge ever when I walk completely solo and unsupported across the entire continent of America. I will be starting at the Pacific Coast from Ocean Beach, San Diego in California, and finishing approximately 3,000 miles and five months later at the Atlantic Coast in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I have seen the wonderful work done by the hospice staff both for the children and their families. The care given to the families is unconditional. I think all who work there are wonderful. It’s such a wonderful place and I want to raise as much as I can.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

This is not the first trek Paul has done for Hope House and many will remember him walking from John O’Groats to Land’s End last year dressed head-to-toe as Marvel character Deadpool, following his beloved Wrexham AFC’s purchase by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

He raised more than £16,000 for us during that epic challenge. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Fundraiser Cat Dowdeswell said: “Paul is an absolutely incredible supporter for Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith and has already raised over £28,000 through his amazing long distance solo walks. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This will be the challenge of a lifetime for Paul and we cannot wait to hear how the journey unfolds. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Good luck Paul, we are all behind you, every step of the way.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

You can donate by visiting ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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