Group plan charity trek in memory of Worlingham friend
PUBLISHED: 09:50 28 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:50 28 May 2016
Friends of a Worlingham man who tragically died from cancer just a month after he was diagnosed are taking part in a challenging charity trek in his memory.
Michael Peek passed away in June last year from pancreatic cancer at the age of 48.
He was an avid Norwich City Football Club supporter and his closest companions have chosen to leave a legacy for him by undertaking a gruelling coastal walk to raise money for the Canaries’ charity partner.
Michael Sharman, Mark Jones, Ann Waller, Kevin Hickman, Mark Filby, Guy Paterson and Gavin Boast formed a fundraising group named Peeky’s Never Mind the Danger, and will be joining a 47-mile walk starting at Hunstanton on June 10.
Participants have 24 hours to trek to Cromer, in aid of the Sporting Light Appeal, organised by the Community Sports Foundation, which helps disabled and disadvantaged people into sport.
The crew have been training since November and have clocked up 19 miles so far.
Mr Sharman said: “We were looking to do something in his memory, but rather than do it as individuals we wanted to do it together as a group of friends. We did have several ideas, but someone mentioned the walk to us and it seemed to tick all the boxes.
“Some of us are old school friends, others are friends made over the years.
“I think we will feel emotional at the end and tired. Some of our friends who can’t do the walk are going to meet us in Cromer. It would be nice if we could raise £4,000 between us.”
Mr Peek, who was an accountant, first began experiencing discomfort last March and he was diagnosed with terminal cancer on May 1 last year.
The cancer was so aggressive that doctors were unable to give him any treatment and he passed away on June 3.
“He was fit as a fiddle, he was a diabetic, but he watched what he ate and cycled as a tool to keep fit,” said Mr Sharman.
“He loved travelling and was a massive city fan, a season ticket holder and he never missed a game for many years.
“I can first remember him from when he used to get on the coach for home matches and years later our paths crossed again, quite possibly in the pub. We had been friends for about 25 years.
“He was a very loyal friend, somebody you could trust with your life, very organised and if you wanted something done you could trust him to do it. He was one of the lads and had a good sense of humour.
“One of the things he talked about to his mum was that he wouldn’t be able to go out with his friends for am Indian meal again, so I approached India Gate in Beccles and they have very generously given us team sponsorship. I think he would have liked that.”
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