Many people take part in walks to raise funds for charity. However Bristol Aquarium worker Jake Graham is literally going one step further by embarking on a charity walk to the Mediterranean to raise money for WaterAid.
Jake, 26, from North Bristol will be joined on the epic trip by his twin brother Danny and the pair anticipate it could take up to six months to cover the 2,200 miles.
The twins plan to set off for their extraordinary journey in April and hope to reach Menton in the South of France in October.
“We’ve been going out on training walks with our 15kg backpacks on but I don’t think anything will really prepare us for what’s to come,” said Jake, who works as part of the Front of House and Education team at the Harbourside attraction.
“It will be an amazing experience to share with my brother. We haven’t seen much of each other for the past six years so it will be a great opportunity to spend time together.
“The plan is for us to walk out our front door, head towards Bath, then on to London and Dover before crossing the Channel and heading through Belgium and Luxembourg to France. Then we will just keep heading south until we reach the Mediterranean – although the toughest part will be the 400 miles over the Alps!
“We did a lot of research about which charity to support as there are so many great causes but we chose WaterAid because of the way they are set up and also because relatively small sums of money can make a huge difference,” he added.
The boys have already raised more than £1,000 with the support of family and friends.
WaterAid is an international non-governmental organisation whose aim is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities.
Worldwide, over 2,000 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. In India, 320,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoea and WaterAid estimates that only 31% of the population has access to adequate sanitation.
The charity and its partners work with local communities using practical solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people.
• To support Jake and Danny visit www.justgiving.com/awalktothewater . For more on WaterAid visit www.wateraid.org/uk or call 0845 6000 433. Issued by Bristol Aquarium. For more information and to arrange interviews and picture opportunities call Tina Patel, David Waines on 0117 929 8929