One man and his horse made a stop-off in Sheffield today on their journey to cover all four corners of England.
Retired manager William Reddaway and his trusty companion Strider were in the city as part of their fundraising quest to cover 2,500 miles and visit 30 cathedrals across the country.
“We’ve done over 400 miles - only 2,000 more to go!” said William as the pair were greeted outside Sheffield Cathedral by a crowd of well-wishers.
“There have definitely been tough days already,” revealed the 65-year-old.
“Strider has had a sore back so I’ve been doing an awful lot of walking on this first leg.”
William and Strider are hoping to raise £250,000 on their mammoth journey, which William expects will take around seven months. He has packed just a few bare essentials for the trip, including one change of clothes, a sleeping bag and Strider’s first aid kit. The cash they raise will be divided between two charities - the Family Holiday Association and Wormwood Scrubs Pont Centre
“Both charities mean a great deal to me,” William explained.
“The Family Holiday Association links with the Sheffield Family Holiday Fund to arrange holidays for children who otherwise wouldn’t have chance of one. I’m proud to support these two worthy organisations.”
William and Strider set off from their Gloucestershire home on May 11 and have visited six cathedrals across England so far. They are travelling alone and have no support teams, but are relying on the good will of Livery
Companies up and down the country - of which Sheffield’s Cutlers’ Company is one.
Master Cutler Neil MacDonald, who met up with the pair yesterday, said: “We’re thrilled to support William and offer he and Strider our support.
“Strider was in fine form when we met him, and was even happier once I’d fed him an apple.”
William added: “It’s a lot for Strider to take in, all the busy towns and cities with so many people around, but he’s handling the experience really well - though he didn’t like the trams in Sheffield as we were walking into the city centre.”