Stamford man Peter marks 50th birthday with charity trek inspired by wife’s health battle

Photo: SM260811-035ow.jpg'Peter Seyderhelm, and his wife Amanda.

Photo: SM260811-035ow.jpg'Peter Seyderhelm, and his wife Amanda.

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A HUSBAND will trek across wild terrain to Britain’s most remote pub to raise money after his wife overcame ovarian cancer.

Peter Seyderhelm, 49, of Danegeld Place, Stamford, will start his 28-mile walk from Glenfinnan to The Old Forge in the hamlet of Inverie, western Scotland, on Thursday to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Action.

The challenge coincides with his 50th birthday.

He chose to raise money for the cancer charity to help fund research and raise awareness of the disease, which is difficult to detect early on.

His wife Amanda, 49, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer while having fertility tests in 2002. She had chemotherapy in 2003 and again in 2004 when the cancer came back, but is now fit and well.

Last year she was given the all-clear after being free of cancer for five years.

Peter, a corporate governance expert consultant and chartered accountant, said the walk will be a time of contemplation and reflection.

He said: “It will be a nice way to draw a line under what’s been a turbulent decade for us.

“I am very thankful Amanda is now well, which is why I am doing this for every other woman out there who is suffering.”

Reaching the pub involves trekking over the mountainous Knoydart Peni-nsula from Glenfinnan, which is the nearest village accessible over land.

By the end of the first day, he aims to have travelled about 12 miles to a remote bothy, which is a stone shelter, where he will spend the night.

The following morning, which will be his 50th birthday, he will cover the remaining 16 miles to Inverie where he will celebrate his big day and achievement before enjoying a good night’s rest in the bunkhouse.

Peter read an article in the Financial Times last year by a reporter who had completed the walk. He said: “As my 50th was approaching, I thought it would be fun to do this and raise money for a good cause at the same time.”

Peter has been training for a few months and is already looking forward to his first pint at the pub.

He said: “The first one always tastes the best. I won’t care what sort it is.”

Peter hasn’t set a fundraising target, but he is asking people to donate the equivalent of the price of a pint or more.

To sponsor him, visit www.JustGiving.com/awalktothepub