Moving house for Manchester’s Keath Armstrong will mean hitching his huskies to a hand-made sled and walking the 217 miles to his new home in Dorset, raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust along the way. Keath left his job at Croma in Prestwich and set off on his epic journey, for his new life in Bournemouth on July 18th. The sled will carry Keath’s tent and special food that his huskies have to eat.
32 year-old Keath, who currently lives in Crumpsall, was friends with brothers’ Carl and Richard Jones who both died from cystic fibrosis, a disease which slowly destroys the lungs and digestive system. Carl died in 2006 aged 20 and Richard – Keath’s best friend – died in 2013, aged 30.
Keath says: “I grew up with Richard in Dorset and now I’m moving back I wanted to do something challenging and different to make more people aware of cystic fibrosis and raise as much money as possible. Richard and Carl were brilliant, you couldn’t fault their outlook on life and despite everything they had to put up they were always there for other people.”
Keeping Keath company on the journey will be his three pet Siberian huskies: Sakari, Nukka and Nala and he has designed his own sled, complete with a shower curtain, cystic fibrosis posters and reflectors, for the dogs – and himself – to pull.
He adds: “Walking won’t be a problem for them, they need plenty of exercise and we’ve been in training by doing the Wainwright walks in the Cumbrian fells. I’m aiming to walk 24 miles a day and complete it in nine days, but it will depend on the weather – if it’s too hot, the huskies will need to slow down a bit.”
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