Walking 100 miles home for Christmas in Whitnash

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Some people will go a long way to work up an appetite for Christmas dinner – but for Marcus Samperi it will be a 98-mile walk.

The London-based freelance cameraman is taking part in the Walking Home for Christmas challenge from the capital to the family home in Ashford Gardens, Whitnash.

The 32-year-old is raising money for the Walking with the Wounded charity which helps injured service people.

He set off last Saturday (Dec 20) and was expected in Whitnash on Tuesday night, after covering some 24 miles a day.

Speaking before he set off, Marcus said: “Hopefully when I get home I will have a bottle of mulled wine and then to my bed for a rest.”

And after working up an appetite he knows he’ll be getting double helpings at tomorrow’s Christmas dinner.

The former pupil of Campion School said since Walking with the Wounded was founded he has been meaning to raise funds for it.

“I have a few friends in the armed forces and I just want to raise as much as I can.”

Marcus walked solo as he headed through Bucks, Oxfordshire and Northants and into Warwickshire.

He bedded down where he could in his one-man tent using all his gear from a Three Peaks Challenge in August, when he raised £1,100 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Marcus said: “The only expense was my £5 Santa hat so I could spread some Christmas cheer along the way.”

“My biggest challenge will be the weather. I don’t fancy waking up and finding I’ve been snowed in.”

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