Blyth family pass £200,000 milestone in charity fundraising

A Blyth family have raised an amazing £200,000 to help a charity close to their heart.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 9:00 am
John Kelly at the end of his Coast2Coast walk.

George Pegg was diagnosed with the muscle-wasting condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was three-years-old.

His devastated parents Lilian and George were told there was hope for George’s generation, which led to them setting up a family fund titled ‘George’s Journey’, with Muscular Dystrophy UK, six years ago.

Their fund-raising efforts include organising everything from charity football events to fun runs and karaoke nights.

George Pegg was diagnosed with the muscle-wasting condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Now George’s uncle, John Kelly, 46, also from Blyth has completed the Coast2Coast walk along Hadrian’s Wall accompanied by his two-year-old German shepherd dog, Grey.

John, who camped in the wild for four nights, said: “I saw all four seasons in one day. In the morning I was wearing a t-shirt and by the afternoon I was sheltering from hail and snow.”

John covered 109.8 miles on the walk, which should have been 84 miles, as he had to find suitable camping spots along the way.

John said: “I always wanted to do the Coast-to-Coast and doing it for George was a no brainer.

"The walk itself wasn’t as hard as I expected but I did suffer from terrible pain in my shins. I just had to keep going to try and keep up with Grey.”

John had initially hoped to raise a few hundred pounds but has now raised almost £2,000, with donations still coming in – taking the family’s fundraising past £200,000.

Catherine Woodhead, MDUK CEO, said: “This is an outstanding fundraising total.

"Before the pandemic it was always a delight to catch up with the Pegg family and to hear about their fantastic fundraising activities.

"We are so very grateful for the contribution the family and their friends have made to donate such a substantial amount towards the research and support we offer our community, it really is outstanding.”

George’s mum and John’s sister Lilian said: “We are over the moon.

"When we set up George’s Journey, we never expected to raise anything like that amount.

"I’ve been so surprised that we were able to continue supporting the charity through lockdown as we weren’t able to hold any events.

"We are so grateful to our friends, family and the entire Blyth community for their unwavering support over the years.”