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The managing director of build-to-rent specialist Wise Living has joined an intrepid team on its mission to walk the Thames Path in less than 24 hours, all in the name of charity.

Paul Staley will join a team of six in completing the “Walk of Hope” to raise more than £4,000 for Douglas Macmillan Hospice (Dougie Mac), which provides hospice care to more than 3,500 local people with life-limiting illnesses in and around Stoke, one of the most deprived areas of the country.

The group will attempt to walk the 110km route in under a day - around a quarter of the time it would usually take – starting from the Thames Barrier on Tuesday, 7 June.

The grueling target means that the team will maintain a pace of more than 5km per hour to reach the destination of Marlow by 4pm on Wednesday, 8 June.

Paul Staley, managing director of Wise Living, said:

“When I was asked to take part in the Walk of Hope, I jumped at the chance. Dougie Mac is an invaluable resource for families in Staffordshire, providing them with critical support when they need it the most.

“The challenge is undoubtedly going to be tough – charity walks on Thames Path are usually spread over four days, so trying to complete it in less than 24 hours is incredibly ambitious, but we’ve got a great team and we will all pull each other through.”

Also taking part in the trek are Nathan Walton (Tedaisy), Gary Mellor (Beswick’s Legal), Paul Franklin (HSBC), Gareth Higgins (KMF) and Rob Hope (Sabit Engineering).

Staley said:

“We’re currently three quarters of the way to our fundraising target, and we’d love to get there and hopefully exceed it by the time we cross the finish line in Marlow.

“It’s an incredibly good cause, and we’d love to be able to put some smiles on faces with a huge donation at the end of the challenge.”

Donna Adams, head of fundraising at Dougie Mac, said:

“We are extremely grateful to Paul and the team for taking on such a big challenge to raise money for Dougie Mac. We rely hugely on the support of the local community to raise the money we need to continue our care services for local families. Last year we amalgamated The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice into Dougie Mac, which means that in addition to caring for adults, we also support local children and young adults living with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

“The money raised through this fantastic challenge will help us to continue our wide range of specialist care services at our two hospice sites and across the local community. We wish the team lots of luck and on behalf of all the families who will benefit from their fundraising, we’d like to say a massive thank you.”

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