Stevenage dad Mike manages triple challenge for Phoebe

Mark Thomas, left, and Mike Wenn, right, pictured before setting of on their 100 mile walk

Mark Thomas, left, and Mike Wenn, right, pictured before setting of on their 100 mile walk - Credit: Archant

A brave dad from Stevenage has completed three gruelling physical challenges in a bid to raise cash to help cure a little girl of a rare skin disease.

Dad of two Mike Wenn and his friend Mark Thomas ran the London Marathon, did two laps of the world’s toughest assault course and most recently walked 100 miles from Stamford to Great Ormond Street Hospital in just two days.

The duo pushed themselves to the limits of physical endurance to raise cash for the The Phoebe Research Fund, founded last year by Stamford mum Zoe Crowson to raise funding towards a possible cure for her daughter Phoebe who suffers from the rare skin disease Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Phoebe – aged six – was diagnosed with the condition soon after birth, and suffers from painful skin blisters which appear at the slightest of impacts.

Mike who works as an IT consultant, said: “I was hobbling around for about a week after the 100 mile challenge.


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“It was only when we were doing the walk and I started suffering from blisters on my feet that I realised how terrible it must be for Phoebe who has to go through pain like that every day. It was really quite sobering.”

Mike’s friend Mark, who is from Stamford, met Zoe and Phoebe through his wife, Laura, about a year ago and since then the two families have become good friends.

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The dynamic duo completed the London Marathon in April, the Rat Race Dirty Double Ultra 40-mile assault course at Burghley House last month and the 100-mile walk a fortnight ago.

When they got to Yaxley they were met by film and TV star Warwick Davis, who was keen to demonstrate his support for the cause.

The pair have so far raised £4,000 of a £10,000 target but say that have since been pledged a large donation by a major bank.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com and search foir ‘MarksTripleChallenge’.

To find out more information about the charity visit www.phoeberesearch.org.uk.

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