An incredible journey has come to an end for a man who made the headlines after his life went from riches to rags in a twist of fate.
Ashley Parkinson vowed to do something for the charity that helped him get his life back on track after a business failure saw him lose everything and end up living in a cemetery in Clitheroe struggling to survive the winter.
He completed a 240 mile walk from Clitheroe to London and was met by Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans at the Houses of Parliament at the end of the journey which so far has raised £2,000 for Christians Against Poverty, the organisation that helped Ashley to find a home and turn his fortunes around and a find a home and friends.
Mr Evans said: “This is a story of indomitable spirit, kindness and compassion. This epitomises the community of the Ribble Valley where each person is looked after by the rest and nobody is left behind. This is what makes the Ribble Valley special to me.
“Ashley has undertaken a tremendous challenge and he was still fighting-fit when I met him at Westminster, except perhaps for one dodgy leg!
“Averaging sixteen miles per day for over two weeks is no mean feat. What is more this was carried out for a fantastic and worthy cause as not only does this raise money for the charity, it is a demonstration of the brilliant work which Christians Against Poverty do.
“This charity provides shelter and support for those most desperately in need. Ashley has been staying at CAP centres and churches affiliated with CAP on his journey.”
Ashley has set a target of £10000 and anyone who would like to donate should visit his Just Giving page at: https://justgiving.com/fundraising/ashleys-walk.