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Marbella resident walks to Monaco to raise funds for mental health charity

Mick Slater during his solo walk to Monaco.
Mick Slater during his solo walk to Monaco. / SUR
  • British expat Mick Slater put his best foot forward to walk an incredible 1,000 miles in aid of charity last month

A Marbella resident is celebrating after completing a gruelling 1,000-mile walk in aid of charity.

Mick Slater spent one month walking from Marbella to Monaco in a bid to raise £30,000 for the UK mental health charity Mind.

Walking approximately 33 miles a day, the dad of three had to contend with blisters, guard dogs and a few near misses with vehicles along the route.

The 55-year-old set off on 1 November and finished his challenge on 30 November, walking up to 13 hours a day.

Mick, who is originally from Derby and moved to Marbella just over a year ago, told SUR in English: "I had originally wanted to walk a distance of 30 miles as I really enjoy walking.

"I started researching routes on Google and this idea of walking to Monaco started creeping in. I thought is it possible to walk 1,000 miles? It was a crazy idea, but it worked out in the end."

Mick, who runs the family business Cheeky Nutrition, said he wanted to raise money for Mind as it was "dear to my heart".

He explained: "Everybody I know knows someone who has been affected by mental health in some way, so it seemed like a great cause to raise money for."

During the challenge, Mike was accompanied in the evenings by his wife Karen and his daughter Claire, who drove ahead each day to find accommodation.

He added: "The worst parts were the guard dogs and the traffic, as I had a few near misses, it was terrifying and quite hazardous in that respect. Walking in the dark, you didn't know who was around."

Mick spent several months training for the challenge and said that it wasn't his legs that hurt, but the multiple blisters he developed along the way.

After driving 16 hours back from Monaco after the event he added: "If I had driven the route before the event, I wouldn't have walked it, as the distance looked too overwhelming.

"But I've achieved something that I thought was impossible to do. I'm really pleased to have raised awareness of mental health."

Mick has so far raised £4,145. To donate to Mick's fundraising visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mickslater