Beefy and Paul on epic walk

Beefy's Great British Walk 2012 Launch
Beefy's Great British Walk 2012 Launch

A MAN who is battling against losing his sight is to walk to all 92 football league clubs.

Paul Hodgkinson will complete 2,250 miles in around 18 weeks to raise £20,000 for charity.

Mr Hodgkinson, 44, of Wrenthorpe had his left eye removed after an accident when he was aged just 13.

Since then he has managed to live life to the full - working as an electrician, driving and even riding a motorbike.

But now he is slowly losing his sight in his right eye and has had to give it all up.

Next month he will trek across the country, walking around 20 miles each day.

And on Saturday, April 14, he plans to pick up some handy tips from cricket legend Sir Ian Botham when he takes part in his own charity walk at Nostell Priory.

Mr Hodgkinson said: “Before I lose my sight completely I want to do something that I know will help many people.

“It will take me as long as it takes and I will complete it whatever.

“When you go through losing your sight, there are a lot of emotions.

“I have gone from working 90 hours a week to nothing - it is very demoralising.”

Mr Hodgkinson is raising money for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

The latter charity carries out research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma and is well supported by Sir Ian.

The former England cricketer, nicknamed Beefy, will also be raising money for the charity when he walks around the Nostell estate and residents can join him on the day.

To find out more about both events or how to sponsor Mr Hodgkinson visit www.walkingweareunited.co.uk.