Pair take a step backwards for Comic Relief

Walking backwards for Comic Relief Graham Cooper and Damien Tonge

Walking backwards for Comic Relief Graham Cooper and Damien Tonge

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A WHALEY Bridge man is taking a step back in time to raise money for charity.

Graham Cooper, a veteran of backward distance walking, is coming out of retirement to take on one final challenge.

On Red Nose Day, which this year falls on March 18, Graham will be joined by Damien Tonge on a 17-mile backward walk from New Mills to Buxton.

The pair hope their plan to literally ‘Do Something Funny for Money’ will raise much-needed cash for the Comic Relief appeal.

Graham, 54, a carer from Whaley Bridge, has taken part in a number of long-distance backward walking challenges over the years.

He said: “People think it’s hard work because you have to keep looking behind you, but you just have to watch out for holes in the road!”

Bike Factory employee Damien, 26, from Newtown, will be attempting his first backward walk.

He added: “It’s quite exciting and I think it will be a challenge. Hopefully, we can raise quite a lot of money.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor the pair can call into the Bike Factory.