Stepping out on ‘blind’ trek

Mick Allsop who is taking part in a 24 hour blindfold walk
Mick Allsop who is taking part in a 24 hour blindfold walk
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Navigating a busy city is sometimes trying enough for people with good eyesight - but now a dedicated charity fundraiser is preparing to make his way around Sheffield blindfolded in a 24-hour non-stop walk.

Mick Allsop, aged 57, from Totley, is hoping to raise £10,000 for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity with the stunt, which he is calling ‘Mick’s Feet of Endurance’.

Wearing a blindfold, Mick - account manager at MB Advertising in Attercliffe - is set to have his arm tethered to supporters who will assist him on the walk, in which he hopes to cover between 35 and 40 miles.

Andrew Hill, business support manager at the firm, said: “While he’s supported Weston Park Hospital for many years, Mick has never undertaken such an enormous task. .

“He is obviously very nervous about the challenge and ‘losing’ his sight will be a massive impediment.”

He said a trial walk from Endcliffe Park to Weston Park went ‘surprisingly well’.

“Mick was surprised how much he had to concentrate on what was being said by his helper,” he said.

“The other key factor to consider is psychological. During the day Mick will be encouraged by passers-by but, during the dead of night, when he’s already extremely tired, it’s going to be tough to keep moving on.”

He added: “Wearing a blindfold, Mick will simulate how someone who has lost their sight through cancer might ‘see’ Sheffield.

“Mick will have his arm tethered to various supporters who will then assist him safely, and hopefully without incident, around Sheffield.”

Andrew said Mick was inspired to start collecting donations for Weston Park following the death of MB’s founder, Mike Bennett, who lost his fight against cancer in 2009.

So far his efforts have helped raised £53,765 through various activities, from bake sales to climbs up Mount Snowdon and Helvellyn.

Visit www.justgiving.com/MicksFeet to donate.

The challenge starts at 9.30am from Weston Park Hospital tomorrow.