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Philip takes on second challenge to help dad

Philip Knowles after walking 30 miles of the Panama Canal in America.

Philip Knowles after walking 30 miles of the Panama Canal in America.

A son who walked 20 miles along the Great Wall of China in honour of his father, has taken on a new challenge to raise more funds for charity.

Philip Knowles, from Cramlington, took on the wall last year to raise awareness of the life threatening autoimmunie disease Myasthenia Gravis (MG), after his father Brian was diangosed with MG.

And Philip has now taken on the Panama Canal in Central America, walking 30 miles to raise more much needed funds for the charity.

The 51-year-old said: “The heat was the worst thing to contend with, it was about 95 degrees by midday.

“However, I was inspired by watching the 5,000,000 ton vessels rise and drop more than 50 feet in the Miraflores Locks as they make their way over the isthmus from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.”

The Panama Canal has been called the eighth wonder of the world, and it took 250,000 people from all corners of the globe more than ten years to build it.

For Philip’s next venture, he is planning on climbing the steps to the top of The Empire State Building in New York in February of next year.

You can find out more information about Myasthenia Gravis, or donate to Philip’s cause, by visiting www.mga-charity.org

 

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