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Team Umbrella MD raises £2,000 with 300 mile charity walk

Martin Ellis raised the cash for Great Ormond Street Hospital by walking from Cornwall to London

Pictured: Martin Ellis arrives at Great Ormond Street Hospital after his gruelling 300 mile walk

Martin Ellis, MD of Team Umbrella Ltd, has raised almost £2,000 for charity by walking from Land’s End to London.

Ellis raised the cash for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) by walking the 300 miles from Cornwall to the children’s hospital in the capital.

Ellis said: “It was great to complete the walk and although there was some soreness in the legs along the way, that’s only temporary. There were many highs – meeting some great people along the way, enjoying the English countryside, having an excuse to keep eating chocolate. 

“The low points were equally memorable – sunstroke, a sore ankle, struggling to find places to stay, and worst of all the drivers who either didn’t see me in a nice bright hi-viz jacket, or who thought that a gap of 2 inches was more than enough as they passed!

Ellis said that although the challenge was tough, the pain was easy to block out “when you think about the cause that we’re raising money for”.

He said: “We all know what Great Ormond Street is and what it does; but that doesn’t mean that we can’t all support them and help them do more. We live in a society where most people are complaining about what they haven’t got, but we should realise how lucky we are to be able to live a full and normal life.”

He added that Team Umbrella head of operations Anna Johnsson had been the “real hero” of the walk.

“Anna was the person who was always waiting with food and drink, telling me which way to go, how much further to walk, and motivating me when I was exhausted; she also had the unenviable task of organising everything in the background, which was no mean feat, and I cannot thank her enough for all that she did. If you ask me, she is the hero of the walk; I just did the easy part.”

It is still possible to sponsor Ellis for the walk, anyone that wishes to do so can donate here

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