A man who lives in Marlow has begun a 30km walk to a Greater London hospital to raise money for charity.

Neil Richards, who is originally from Wycombe, began his walk on Saturday, June 20 and will be heading to Harefield Hospital in Uxbridge, with all the funds raised going towards the British Heart Foundation.

Mr Richards has decided to do the fundraiser after he discovered in February that he was in need of a quadruple heart bypass, with the Hillingdon-based hospital being chosen to perform the surgery as they are a cardiac specialist hospital.

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However, the coronavirus pandemic took over the country one month later and his surgery was postponed.

He said: “I like thousands of other lives have been put on hold, awaiting much needed surgery.

“My health has been in decline and due to lack of blood flow to my legs I have struggled to walk, with my only outings being to the front gate to CLAP 4 NHS on a Thursday night.

“So I’m going to do my bit for the BHF.

“My doctors said I’m mad!”

Due to the ongoing pandemic, many hospital appointments, operations, treatments and consultations have either been postponed or cancelled across the country.

To donate to Neil’s cause, click here.