IT was a resounding success for a trio of walkers who made it from Bridgwater to Buckingham Palace for charity.

Agency nurse Jason Brooksbank was joined by his friend Cherie Winter and her son Mike, and supported by pal Matthew Lloyd for the epic journey, which was all in support of St Margaret’s Hospice.

They trekked a total of 142 miles over the course of four days, having been training hard, regularly walking a 28 mile route along the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal.

The walk was the brainchild of Jason Brooksbank, who has carried out shifts for St Margaret’s Hospice and was hugely impressed by their work.

“I have been impressed with how caring the St Margaret’s Hospice staff are, they are willing to go above and beyond, and the service is funded almost entirely by donations,” Mr Brooksbank said.

“I just felt inspired to try and do something to support them.”

Mr Brooksbank said it was huge challenge and was especially tough on the final day.

“It was a massive challenge - I hurt my ankle on the third day after slipping on a rock, and it is still hurting now,” Mr Brooksbank said.

“It was good being part of a team as we definitely helped motivate each other when it was getting tough.

“It was really emotional on the final day as we made it over the last couple of miles to Buckingham Palace but it was an amazing feeling to know we had done it.

The team arrived at their royal destination at 1.30pm on Friday (May 3), and thanks to Berrys Coaches they returned home on the coach with complimentary tickets.

Jason said he had been straight back into work over the weekend and had not had time to tot up the team’s fundraising total.

Their final amount will be boosted by a raffle due to take place on Friday, May 10 at Head2Head hair salon.

“We’d like to say thank you to Pyne’s Butchers, The White Willow, Timeless Images, The Maltshovel, Boots, The White Feather Coffee Co, Spice Club, Scott Cinemas, Mecca Bingo, Kayleigh Howitt among others,” Jason said.

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