A FORMER English teacher is walking from Seaford to Rome to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Tom Hagger, 62, from Vale Road, set off on July 3, crossing by ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe.
Tom said: “I chose a rather roundabout route to cross the High Alps close to the Italian border, following the Mediterranean coast from Monaco to Genoa, going northwards to Lake Garda, across to Venice and eventually down to Rome.
“Having walked over 430 miles of the estimated 2,000 and walked via Lisieux, Chartres, Orléans and Vezelay, I reached Avallon and am now walking on to other key points: Taizé, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Monaco, Genoa, Cremona, Padua, Venice, Ravenna, Florence, Siena and Assisi.
“I aim to arrive in Rome on All Saints Day, Thursday 1st November. My rucksack seems to be getting heavier, but the sense of freedom is exhilarating.”
Tom has already got through one pair of boots and the temperature this week was 39C.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society relies on voluntary income to provide vital services to those affected by multiple sclerosis.
Tom’s youngest sister, Eileen, died three years ago after suffering from MS for thirty years.
She bore the disease with courage and good humour, with the outstanding help of her husband, Allen, and their three children, and with the support and advice of the MS Society.
Tom is carrying his own camping gear but intends to find a hotel at least once a week for a hot soak and a comfy bed.
There will be one break in his walk when he will be flying back to England for his son’s wedding before resuming his trek.
To sponsor him visit http://beatms.mssociety.org.uk/netcommunity/pathtorome