Simon’s Grand gesture: Littleport man to trek across the Grand Canyon for Alzheimer’s Society

Simon Allen's trek across the Grand Canyon in the USA is inspired by his grandfather (left) who suff

Simon Allen's trek across the Grand Canyon in the USA is inspired by his grandfather (left) who suffers from dementia - Credit: Archant

A man from Littleport is to tie up his hiking boots and trek 150 kilometres across the Grand Canyon in the USA and hopes to raise £3,500 in the process.

Simon Allen, 24, is to walk across the canyon - one of the seven wonders of the world - in March of next year to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.

Simon’s mammoth walk is inspired by his grandfather, Gerald Allen, 87, who suffers from dementia.

Mr Allen said: “By taking part in this trek and raising money, I hope I can, in some small way, help to prevent other families having the sadness of watching this condition slowly take their loved ones away.”

The 24-year-old and his family are also putting on a number of events in the months leading to the big trek to try and hit his goal of £3,500.

Simon’s father is getting involved in the fundraiding by waving good-bye to his hair in a sponsored head shave on November 7.

Peter Allen, 57, also of Littleport, is getting trimmed at the Ely branch of Nationwide at 10am, with the bank offering to double any proceeds made over the total of £100.

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The Allen family is also inviting members of the public to take part in their weekly quiz night at Black Horse Drove, Littleport on Friday November 13 at 7pm, with all proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Society.

Alongside the head shave and quiz night, the Allen family is also holding a curry night at the Spice Lounge in Littleport on Friday November 1.

Simon has raised £570 so far, with five months to go until he flies to Arizona to take on the canyon.

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