Postie Mark heads out on 500 mile route

SBBN Postman Mark Penfield with his Post Office colleagues
SBBN Postman Mark Penfield with his Post Office colleagues

A postman walking on one of the country’s earliest postal routes, from Edinburgh to London, stopped off in Berwickshire at the weekend.

Mark Penfold from Burnham on Sea is walking the historic route in aid of a charity fighting Mitochondrial Disease.

Mark stopped off in Duns, cheered on by colleagues from the delivery office, and Houndwood, on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

His walk commemorates Royal Mail’s celebration of 500 years of the postal service, and is raising money for the Lily Foundation.

The Lily Foundation is a charity close to Mark’s heart. His grandson, 18-month-old Frankie, suffers from the life-limiting Mitochondrial Disease, a genetic condition that prevents cells in the body from producing enough energy for the body to survive.

It can affect any part of the body, like the heart, brain, muscles, stomach or kidneys and has no known cure.

The Lily Foundation funds research to improve diagnosis and increase treatment options for Mitochondrial Disease, and ultimately to find a cure. The charity also raises awareness of the condition and supports families affected by the disease.

The Royal Mail and Communications Workers Union (CWU) are providing support and supplies for Mark on his journey. All funds he raises, up to a £20,000, will also be matched by Royal Mail.

To support mark visit www.sponsorme.co.uk/markpenfold.