The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) supporter Giles Harrison will be taking on the extreme challenge of walking for 72 hours, with little or no sleep, around Richmond Park in Surrey on the 24th June hoping to raise awareness and funds for CPT as well as RNLI Lifeboats and Bowel Cancer UK.

Giles has fittingly named his fundraising venture ‘The Sleep.Walk Challenge’ and is hoping to cover more than 120 miles across the three days and nights. He plans to take a 30 minute meal break every six hours, and loop out every now and again onto Wimbledon Common, the Thames Path or across to Bushy Park. The rest of the time he will be circulating round (and round and round) Richmond Park!

His training so far has involved undertaking numerous endurance walks of between 40 and 73 miles at a time, some of which were carried out amidst the recent thunder and lightening storms. Giles said:

“For me, my walk represents the huge challenges some people face in their daily lives and I want to capture that spirit of positivity and endurance that enables them to carry on. Parkinson's can be a cruel and debilitating disease, but CPT funds crucial research and gives hope to thousands - like my uncle - for a better life.”

Pictured above: Giles Harrison in training having walked 45 miles through the night

You can follow Giles’ progress on Twitter via the hashtag #stillwalking or at @SleepWalkGiles. If you would like to read more of Giles’ story or support his fundraising efforts please visit his fundraising page.

If you feel inspired by Giles’ story and would like to take on your own fundraising challenge in support of CPT please contact George or call 020 7487 3892 to find out how we can support you.