MID Sussex cricketer Nick Warde swapped his pads for walking boots when he embarked on a 186-mile journey to thank the surgeon who saved his life.
It was just a normal day on January 17, 2006, when Nick was struck down with a severe headache while he was on his way to grab a bite to eat with two work colleagues.
He was rushed to hospital and a brain haemorrhage was diagnosed.
Nick was transferred to Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre in Haywards Heath where, after two operations and a stay for a couple of weeks, he was able to go home and recover over several months.
Nick, who has played football and cricket for Ardingly village for 25 years and now plays for Balcombe Cricket Club, said: “Without the skill and efforts of my consultant John Norris and his team I would not have recovered, let alone be here today fully fit again.
“I always knew that at some stage I would undertake some activity to repay my huge gratitude to all those at Hurstwood Park.”
This week, Nick set off on his walk for the hospital. Called ‘Wardey Walks West’, his trek is from Amroth in Wales along the Pembrokeshire coastal path, finishing at Cardigan – a journey of 186 miles.
Nick will be putting news of his walk on his Blog: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?
If you would like to support Nick and make a donation for the hospital go to: http://www.justgiving.com/wardey-walks-west