06:00 Friday 30 May 2014

Soham man and his dog's 300-mile challenge for charities

Written byJORDAN DAY

Neil Dominguez pictured with his dog, Buddy. Neil Dominguez pictured with his dog, Buddy.

A landscape gardener and his devoted dog are putting their best feet - and paws - forward to raise money for two charities.

Neil Dominguez, from Soham, has decided to celebrate turning 30 by setting himself a mammoth challenge.

The self-employed gardener and handyman will be walking a whopping 300 miles to raise funds for two charities close to his heart; the British Heart Foundation and The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help.

And accompanying him all the way will be his beloved 7-year-old Border Collie, Buddy.

Father-of-two Neil, of West Drive Gardens, said: “For those who know me and my fitness (or lack of), they will know this is no small challenge.

“I am a short, fat man who has lived in the flattest part of the county for nearly 20 years.

“My aim is to walk 300 miles in three stages. The main element of my walk will be The Pennine Way, which is 267 miles long.

“I hope to start the walk on Monday, June 15 and plan to play a lot of the challenge by ear.

“I basically plan to walk as far as I can until I’m totally exhausted - maybe for four or five days - and will record the mileage as I go to make sure I make up my 300 miles.

“I won’t be using bed and breakfasts or accommodation. I will be self sufficient on every trip carrying my kit and resources, and getting to and from my walks by public transport in the cheapest possible way.

“Buddy literally comes everywhere with me and he loves camping so he’ll be in his element. I certainly think he’ll help to keep me going.”

Neil, a former army cadet force instructor, has chosen to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of his grandmother and SSAFA Forces Help as he says he has numerous friends and family members in the forces.

He is also appealing for any people, businesses or organisations who could donate kit, such as rucksacks, mobile phone batteries and camping equipment, to get in touch with him.

Email domofalltrades@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/domswalk to donate.

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