Accountant raises £3,000 by walking 100 miles in five days

We've done it:

Staff from Princecroft Willis' New Milton office greet Mike Denny and Mark Johns at the finish of their 100-mile walk in Barton-on-Sea.

Sense of achievement:

Mike Denny, Oakhaven Hospice's Head of Fundraising, and Mark Johns, Managing Partner, Princecroft Willis, celebrate the end of their 100-mile coastal walk.

Accountant Mark Johns notched up some impressive figures of his own when he raised £3,000 for charity by walking 100 miles in five days.

Mark, who is the Managing Partner of Princecroft Willis (PcW), successfully completed the Dorset Coastal Path between West Bay and Shell Bay.

He then added a further 17-mile stretch from Sandbanks to Barton-on-Sea where he was greeted by colleagues from PcW's New Milton office.

"I just felt relief that it was all over. You're on a natural high" said Mark who was accompanied throughout the walk by Mike Denny, Head of Fundraising at Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington.

Mike was forced to abandon a 675-mile walk along the entire length of the South West Coastal Path in May after a hit-and-run accident but is now planning to complete the challenge in three stages.

The West Bay to Barton-on-Sea stretch with Mark was the first leg for Mike with further stages planned for this month (September) and Spring 2015.

Mark and Mike were supported each day by Oakhaven Volunteers and members of the Lymington Rotary Club and accompanied on the last day by Oakhaven fundraisers..

"The support we received was fantastic and we're both really grateful, particularly to the volunteers who plied us with food and drink," said Mark.

"It was tough and I developed blisters on blisters but it was worth it. I'm just pleased it's done."

Mark's walk, which raised £3,000 for Oakhaven Hospice, was one of several community/charity activities being undertaken by PcW's partners to mark the firm's centenary this year.

Apart from Oakhaven Hospice, other good causes and groups being helped  include the Lewis-Manning Hospice, Citizens Advice, SWOP Chestnut and Cherry Tree Nurseries, Young Enterprise, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy and Bournemouth Sports Club. 

Princecroft Willis has offices in Poole and New Milton and offers a full range of accounting services from audit to taxation.       


5 September 2014