Savick man to walk 188 miles in memory of family member who died from Covid-19

Posted on - 7th April, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, People, Preston News, Proud Preston
Andy and Chris
L-R: Andy and Chris. Andy’s beloved dad died in January this year

A Savick man is gearing up to walk 188 miles in memory of a family member who sadly died from Covid-19.


Chris Evans will cover the distance from Mold in Wales to the Aston Villa ground in Birmingham – and back again – over the course of eight days.

The walk is in honour of Chris’s cousin’s father-in-law, Kevin Hughes, who was a former police officer, journalist and councillor, and a huge fan of Aston Villa.

A group of walkers, including Kevin’s son Andy, will follow the route that Kevin used to drive to each Villa home game. On average, they will cover 23 miles per day of the challenge.

The challenge is set to begin on 1 January 2022 and end on 8 January 2022, which will be a year to the day since Kevin died.

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Money will be raised for a children’s hospice based close to where Chris grew up in Wales, of which Kevin was a champion before his death.

Chris, who is godfather to his cousin’s four children, grew close to Kevin through family parties and events.

He said: “Kevin was a lovely man and, along with his wife Sally, was very supportive of his family. He loved being a grandparent to his seven grandchildren.”

Chris has been preparing for the challenge by walking the Guild Wheel. Once restrictions are lifted, he plans to travel to Wales to carry on training with Andy and the rest of the group doing the walk.

To donate to Chris’ fundraising, visit JustGiving.

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