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Princetown-based Stephen, 54, has co-ordinated the charity walk for 19 years having raised over £100,000 for local children's charities in Devon. Stephen formed the group in 1991 to raise money to help children who suffer from cancer and enjoys the support from CrossCountry, one of Britain's largest train operating companies.

This year's event takes place over the weekend of 17/18 April and will see volunteers having the option of a 10-mile or 15-mile route each day.

On day one volunteers will hike from Postbridge to Belstone with the 15-mile course continuing further east to South Zeal. Day two will begin at Princetown with the 10-mile finish at Dartmeet and the full 15-mile route ending in Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

Stephen said: "So much work and commitment has come from so many people over the past 19 years and I'm proud to be part of it. I hope that we'll have another successful year in 2010 and raise even more money for this year's deserving charity, DCCS. We've been lucky to see the benefits that the money has brought cancer sufferers over the years whilst also seeing constant investment into facilities. I'd also like to place on record my thanks to CrossCountry for their support over the past few years."

It's not too late to take part this year. Those interested should email stevenparker1@btinternet.com.

The charities Stephen's Group have supported since 1991 are:

  • Clic Sargent - a national cancer charity that cares for children and young people
  • Derriford Children's Cancer Service (DCCS) - a Plymouth-based Children's cancer service
  • St Luke's Hospice - an award-winning Plymouth-based Hospice providing care to hundreds of people each year in Devon and Cornwall
  • MacMillan Cancer Support - a national charity providing support, advice and expert information to those affected by cancer

For more information please call the CrossCountry Press Office on 0121 2006115 or email


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