A PROPERTY manager raised hundreds of pounds during a sponsored walk in memory of his grandmother.
Glenn Conway, 38, walked from Mount Pleasant Court in Manor Road to Brighton pier on Thursday (September 29), a distance of 40 miles.
He collected more than 200 signatures for the national Grey Pride campaign calling for a Minister for Older People and raised £450 for Macmillan Nurses.
Hastings MP Amber Rudd visited Mr Conway and tenants living at Mount Pleasant Court the next day so that she could sign the petition.
Mr Conway, who has worked for Anchor, the company that owns the home, for 18 months, said he wanted to do the sponsored walk because his grandmother had supported him throughout his life.
He said: “She was an inspiration, especially when she developed cancer. She stood up to the disease and became stronger thanks to the help from the Macmillan Nurses so I wanted to do something positive in her memory.
“I’m passionate about the older people I work with at Mount Pleasant Court who are a great bunch so I also wanted to do something for them.
I thoroughly enjoyed doing the walk, although setting off at 5am was hard work. Seeing the finishing line was pure relief, as by then, I had numerous blisters, and the South Downs at Beachy Head had taken their toll.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported me, including my dad Paul, who dropped off food and water at various points of the walk.”
The Grey Pride petition can be signed online at www.greypride.org.uk.