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Formby resident embarks on a 3 day journey through England, Ireland and Scotland by rail for charity


Five inspirational men, including Formby resident Stephen Ward, Andy Iles from Ainsdale and Chris Iles, Steve Gamble, and Paul Fletcher, embarked on a loop of the whole of the UK by rail journey in just three days for charity.


Their goal was to raise awareness of CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) during CRPS awareness month, and raise much needed funds for a wonderful charity called 'Burning Nights' who help support carers for and sufferers of this horrific condition.


Stephen Ward said: "We are raising funds for the charity Burning nights. a small group of people who help sufferers of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS, a crippling condition where pain signals from the body trigger from the slightest touch. It's the most painful condition in the world, anyone can get it, and there is no cure and one of our team has it."


"On day one we travelled from Liverpool Lime Street to Cardiff then to Fishguard to get the overnight ferry. At ten to three in the morning, we went back on the Rail from the south of Ireland all the way to the top going through Dublin and Belfast, then another Ferry to Scotland and then back on the Rail to get to Glasgow and Edinburgh to catch the next night trip down to London. We started day 3 there and then it was Norfolk, Peterborough, York and then home."


"We did a total of 53hrs of constant travel. All for Burningnightscrps.org to create awareness of CRPS a nerve disorder that leaves you in constant pain for the rest of your life. We travelled from 13th to 15th November 2017."


The men have now raised a total of £835.17


Follow the men on Twitter @8Bigheartedmen

This is the second time these men, have completed a challenge. Last time they embarked on a 3,000 mile journey across Europe in 3 days. All the team members travelled from Liverpool Lime Street at the commencement of the journey along a pre-determined route taking in a number of European Countries and collecting evidence to support their arrival and departure from each major station along that route.


Given the total distance (up to 3,000 miles) to be covered and time table considerations, the main challenge was to complete the round trip in as little time as possible. No more than 3 days. This will mean long hours travelling by rail, continuous train and route changes in unfamiliar settings, excellent communication skills to overcome written and spoken language barriers, overnight travel and very little opportunity for off-train rest, relaxation or cleanliness breaks.


The event would prove to be both a physical and mental test of the resilience, determination and focus of each and every team member. The event was confined to rail travel only.


Eight participants from the three major Train Operating Companies serving the region from Liverpool Lime street station. All the participants have either suffered personally from Cardiovascular disease or their lives or loved ones/friends, have been touched by it’s devastating consequences in some way. Unfortunately the eighth person, was Chris Iles, Andrews brother who suffered a heart attack and had to back out.


This challenge around the UK was to raise funds for the charity Burning nights. a small group of people who help sufferers of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS, a crippling condition where pain signals from the body trigger from the slightest touch. it's the most painfull condition in the world, anyone can get it, and there is no cure.


Stephen said: "We would like to thank everyone for their support in raising money and awareness of @BNightsCRPS The funding page is still open."




Why we are raising money for crps




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