Yesterday I had the pleasure of filming Paul Hodgkinson. He is a man ‘with a mission’ who has taken on something which could have been written for a Hollywood movie starring Vinnie Jones or Tom Wilkinson.
Paul has set himself the task of walking to every Football League club, all ninety-two of them, to raise money for two charities: Leukaemia/Lymphoma Research and RNIB.
Paul choose those two charities because he lost an eye in an accident and is now losing the sight in his remaining eye; his support for the Leukaemia charity stems from the Liverpool football player Brad Jones, whose six-year old son Luca, died from the disease in November 2011.
Paul now enters the last week of his two thousand mile walk. His journey around the highways and byways have not been easy. Almost run over by an articulated truck, a suspected stress fracture of his leg, problems with ankles, feet and the odd loss of toe nails. Though he has found help which has kept him upright and walking: generous help from doctors, physiotherapists and NHS walk in centres.
On Monday 17th September Paul will complete his long walk at Liverpool Football Club. No doubt there will be one or two supporters there to greet him.
It is a remarkable achievement. It was an honour to meet him at Blackpool Football Club.
I’ll post the video interview up on this blog and You Tube next week; so do check back and if you feel like making a donation to Paul’s cause visit his web site.