“It’s a good cause considering what’s going on at the moment”
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A man from Grimsby will be walking across northern Spain and into Portugal in aid of a charity that looks to reduce food waste.
Ian Jason Fleming, 37, will be taking on this monumental journey across Europe to raise money for FareShare North East. The Newcastle-based organisation aims to reduce food poverty by taking unsellable food that's been thrown away by manufacturers and distributes it across different food banks.
The 37-year-old first found out about the charity when he met his girlfriend who works there full-time. He's since been helping collect money for the organisation on the streets of Newcastle – where he's been working as a painter and decorator for the last few weeks.
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"It's a good cause considering what's going on at the moment, with bills going up some people can't afford to eat," Ian told Grimsby Live. "It's good to get the food out there instead of it going to waste."
On Tuesday, September 13, the painter and decorator will be hiking along one of Camino de Santiago trails on the coast of northern Spain. This 825km trek will take him into the Spanish city of Santiago where he said he'll be stopping for three days to take in some of the views.
After the short break, Ian will be putting his walking boots back on to walk a further 260km along the coast into Porto, Portugal. The whole journey is expected to take him around 45 days and he will be carrying his own gear the whole way, he expects his bags to weigh roughly 15kg.
"I'm into my fitness but I've never planned on going this far," Ian continued. "I thought it looked a little more extreme if I went over the 1000km mark, thought this was especially a good idea if I was gonna do this one for charity."
The Grimsby local is looking to raise a total of £200 for his chosen charity. He's already earned £40 through his GoFundMe page and has received floods of positive messages from friends and family.
You can donate to Ian's online fundraiser through the link here.
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