Ipswich’s Andy Blacker admitted being proud, humbled and excited after having his fundraising exploits recognised by Mayor Elizabeth Hughes.
The 58-year-old was invited to a celebratory afternoon tea at the Town Hall and Corn Exchange.
Wife Kay and son Matthew, 17, also attended on a memorable day for the Blacker family.
Andy, who has secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS), has taken on various fundraising challenges and recently completed an epic walking event for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
This was despite using two sticks and having associated symptom ‘foot drop’, which means he has to wear a splint on his right leg and struggles to walk just a few metres unaided.
Nevertheless, Andy challenged himself to walk 250 miles up and down Landseer Road, in Ipswich, between 1st September and the end of February and he triumphantly reached his target on the 19th.
In the process, he was thrilled to raise more than £900 for EACH – and it brought his overall mileage to 500 since he started recording his distance on 14th March 2021.
In total, including previous challenges, Andy has raised more than £4,500 for EACH.
He has also donated to other charities and, in total, over the course of 11 months, raised an amazing £9,650.
“I was excited, proud and humbled to receive my invitation from the Mayor,” said Andy.
“It was a lovely afternoon.
“The Mayor was fantastic – very warm and welcoming and we all got on so well. I enjoyed sharing a joke or two with her.
“I never expect to have my efforts recognised and don’t do these things for thanks.
“However, it’s a lovely feeling to be acknowledged and I’m extremely grateful. It was a wonderful experience.”