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Andy Lees

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Anthony Lees-Smith

I am walking Hadrian's Wall for VHL in memory of my brother Andy Lees who died in 2013 aged 38.

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I am a 39 year old vicar in Leicester.  I am married with two daughters.  I have type 1 diabetes.  Both my father and brother had VHL and both died in 2013 which was a massive shock for me.  I always said I wanted to be different because they had been in my life rather than just regretting I didn't make more of the time I had with them.  

Walking Hadrian's Wall around the time of my 40th birthday is an opportunity to raise funds for an organisation that helps families like ours and raises awareness of the condition.  People often assumed my brother was drunk and my father was slow because of their symptoms but they were an inspiration to so many in the way they faced the challenges of their illness with such a positive attitude and faith in God.

Event details

Hadrian's Wall Walk

It has long been an ambition of mine to walk the length of Hadrian's Wall.  The fact that it is my 40th birthday in May 2017 has given me an extra focus.  The plan is to walk the wall over nine days.  Friends and family will hopefully join me for parts of the walk.

The walk will also coincide with a special time in the Christian year between Ascension Day and Pentecost.  The Archbishop of Canterbury has called on Christians to pray 'thy kingdom come' during those days and so this will also be something of a prayer pilgrimage for me.

Event date

25-May-2017 00:00  - 
03-June-2017 00:00

Event type

Running / Walking

Event is completed


Hi Anthony! Hope all goes well with the is a long way! Well done for your efforts - it is a for a very good cause. Take care (and say Hi to the family for me!) Paul Winfield
Donation by Paul
on 07-05-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Just a little note to wish you well for the walk Anthony. I did not know Andy, but I heard about your fundraising walk through my son who used to support Andy. From Marie
Donation by Marie
on 07-05-2017
£0.00 gift aid
When brothers dwell together
Donation by Anonymous
on 06-05-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Andy, the more I read the more I am touched by your and Andy's story.
Donation by Anonymous
on 05-05-2017
£7.50 gift aid
All the best, Anthony - a great thing to do. Enjoy the journey.
Donation by Alissa McBride
on 30-04-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Good luck Anthony - and enjoy! x
Donation by Liza Julian
on 26-04-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Hello Anthony, the very best for your walk of Hadrian's wall. Hope you hold some happy memories of Andy as you walk the route. Take care, Helen. @raphaelite_girl
Donation by Helen Ayres
on 22-04-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by Alice Manger
on 22-04-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Jenny and Kevin
on 20-04-2017
£25.00 gift aid
Donation by Nikolas Clarke
on 19-04-2017
£7.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £1,905.00
Offline Donations: £1,535.75
Total Raised: £3,440.75
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £3,832.00

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