Blind man walks 120 miles to Rugby in memory of his brother

Phil's son Christopher with his uncle Pete
Phil's son Christopher with his uncle Pete

A registered blind man has just trekked 120 miles in three days in memory of his brother from Rugby who died from a brain tumour.

Pete Latham, 58, and his daughter Danielle, 23, are hoping to raise as much money as they can for the Brain Tumour Charity.

It’s a tribute to Phil Latham, who lost his battle against the disease aged 63 in 2010.

“We have arranged a few challenges between us,” said Pete, who is from Rugby but now lives in Essex.

“I have just walked from a small town in Essex called South Woodham Ferrers to the Clock Tower in Rugby. I am registered blind and it was tough, but I just kept remembering why I was doing it.”

He said reaching the Clock Towers was a special moment.

“It helped that when I reached my goal I had my brilliant family all there to support me and it was a magical moment,” he said.

“I thank everyone who walked the last few miles with me and for everyone who met me at the finishing line with champagne and banners.”

It was an emotional as well as physical challenge as Pete was joined by his brother’s son Christopher, who is from Rugby.

His daughter, who also lost her best friend Holly Crisp to the disease, said she still misses her uncle.

Danielle said: “Still to this day I will turn up at family parties and miss my uncle.

“He was such a big character that sometimes I still don’t believe he is not with us but I look at my cousins and see so much of him in them and that makes me so happy.”

Holly was 19 when she died three months prior to Phil.

Danielle said: “Throughout the battle and daily hardship Holly came across, she always stayed positive and was a fighter until the very end.”

She has already hiked 100 miles and been pelted with paint during the 5km London Colour Run, a 5km race during which participants are covered in coloured powder.

“I’m now taking on a series of energetic fundraising challenges for the Brain Tumour Charity,” she added.

“I feel so proud of what dad and I are achieving and it’s our way of giving something back to a very worthwhile cause.”

The exact reasons why a brain tumour develops still isn’t fully understood.

Danielle said: “With the money I raise I hope this will make a change and help somebody else not have to feel the pain Holly and uncle Phil did and for friends and families everywhere not to have to lose a loved one to this vicious disease.”

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