Phil Morris completes 85 mile walk in under 24 hours to raise funds

On 21 June this year, Phil Morris from the Isle of Man completed a gruelling 85 mile walk in under 24 hours raising £900 for children and young people with cancer, and their families.

Phil Morris completes 85 mile walk in under 24 hours to raise funds

Phil’s story

"In 2008 my little girl was diagnosed with cancer.  After surgery, Issy went through six months of chemotherapy at Bristol Children’s hospital and with the support of the wonderful doctors and nurses and CLIC Sargent, we all came through the other side.

To celebrate, my wife and I discussed what we could do to raise funds for CLIC Sargent. Issy was my inspiration to do something silly and attempt to walk 85 miles around the beautiful Isle of Man in under 24 hours.

This is an annual event called the Parish Walk, so called because the walk passes through every parish in the Isle of Man. Only a small proportion of walkers are expected to complete the full distance each year.

So on the longest day of the year, I set off early in the morning with 1,400 other walkers to start on what was going to be a very long day.

By midnight, I had walked 50 miles and the aches and blisters were starting to kick in.

By the middle of the night, I was wondering whether the walk would ever end, but first light spurred me on and then when I saw Emma, Issy and my other kids (Ben and Isla) waiting for me at 4.30 in the morning to cheer me on.

I finished in a time of 22 1/2 hours and was shattered, but it was great."

I had done something to celebrate how amazing Issy is, and raise funds for CLIC Sargent.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Vicki Moore said: “It’s amazing what Phil has achieved, £900 could pay for a family to stay for a month in a CLIC Sargent Homes from Home. Well done Phil!"

If you would like to show your support for Phil please visit his JustGiving page.

Find out more

For more information on how you can raise funds for CLIC Sargent, please contact Vicki Moore on 0113 288 3224 or email at: vicki.moore@clicsargent.org.uk. 

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