A loving father has kept his word to his late son by carrying his ashes on a coast to coast walk they wanted to do together.

Bernard Crossey, from High Wycombe, rambled a 200-mile path between the west and east coasts of Northern England known as 'Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk'.

Dad Bernard undertook the walk in honour of his son Sean Crossey.

Sean died in September 2018 after being diagnosed with a grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme - an aggressive brain tumour.

The 29-year-old had married his beloved girlfriend, Laura, just three months earlier.

His dad carried his ashes on the challenge which already raised more than £11,000 for Brain Tumour Research.

Sean took on the challenge himself in 2014, along with a colleague, Stuart Kent, but was unable to complete final stretch because his feet were so badly blistered.

He had vowed to return with his father but died before he was able to.

Sean’s mother, Jo, who is assisting the group as a support driver, said: “We have been meeting people en route and their generosity has been incredible.

''Some have been emptying their pockets to give us all their change to donate. It’s just been wonderful, but the weather’s been horrendous.”

“We feel we’re getting little messages from Sean every now and again to let us know he’s with us. Every time there’s a rainbow we associate it with Sean

"They’re signs that he’s watching over us, and we’ve got a little urn with his ashes, as well as those interned at Greenacres, so he’s come on the walk with us.”

Bernard said: “It’s a lot of climbing, the equivalent of going up and down Everest, I’m told, so it’s a hard graft but people we’ve met along the way have been brilliant.

"The only problem we’ve had has been the bad weather – it’s been difficult but very pleasurable.”

Charlie Allsebrook, community development manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We’re really grateful to everyone taking part in this fundraiser, and especially to Sean’s family who are doing all they can to prevent others from going through the same heartbreak as them.

"Sean’s story is a stark reminder that brain tumours are indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any time – it’s the reason we remain so focused on finding a cure.”