A TEESSIDE man is about to embark upon an epic journey around Britain.

Craig Adams, from Norton near Stockton, will walk approximately 7,000 miles along the coastline of mainland Britain to raise money for a cancer charity. The 48-year-old, who lost his mother to the disease around four years ago, came up with the idea after being inspired to give something back to the Macmillan nurses who cared for his mother.

Keen walker Mr Adams, who estimates the trip will take him around a year to complete, will set off on Saturday. He plans to set up camp at a different location each night and is optimistic that the kindness of strangers could help him get through the worst of the cold weather.

He said: "This is the biggest challenge I have ever set myself. My family think I am a nutcase but they're right behind me. My mam would probably tell me not to be so stupid but the nurses did so much for her and I want to give something back."

He said wife Jacqueline and son Jack were supporting him but added jokingly: "I really don't mind being away from them for a year, I might get a bit of peace and quiet and my wife has been helping pack my bags for me!"

He has set a fundraising target of £10,000 which will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Anyone wanting to donate can visit justgiv ing. com/craig-adams1.