Charity walk

Shane gets on his toes for charity: Peterlee man Shane Marsh, who underwent surgery to correct and straighten his "Hammer Toes" and is now a professional dog walker, is to walk with his dog, Magic (pictured) to Scarborough to raise funds for London based children's hospital, Great Ormond Street.

Shane gets on his toes for charity: Peterlee man Shane Marsh, who underwent surgery to correct and straighten his "Hammer Toes" and is now a professional dog walker, is to walk with his dog, Magic (pictured) to Scarborough to raise funds for London based children's hospital, Great Ormond Street.

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A DAD who had metal rods put in his feet to tackle an excruciating medical condition aims to walk 100 miles to help sick children.

Brave Shane Marsh suffers from hammer toe, where his toes are permanently bent and underwent the surgery in a bid to ease the problem.

His little toes had to be broken and steel rods inserted three inches through the bones, which left him housebound for weeks.

Now the 29-year-old is aiming to put his own medical problems aside, to walk along the coast from Horden to Scarborough to raise cash for Great Ormond Street children’s hospital.

Shane, who has a nine-year-old daughter, Bethany, said: “As a parent myself you know how you would feel if it was your own child who was sick.

“When I watch programmes about the hospital on the television I am a wreck, seeing those bairns suffering.”

Shane, of Herton Close, Peterlee, will be joined on the walk by his faithful friend, one-year-old Jack Russell, Magic.

“A lot of people have been saying it will be too far for Magic,” he said. “But she is always out with me walking the dogs and nothing ever slows her down.”

He added: “I’m hoping we can walk about 35 miles a day.

“Some of it will be on the beach, but at other points we will be on a coastal footpath.”

Shane is hoping that having the right walking boots will mean his feet should not cause him too much pain on the journey.

“In the past it didn’t matter what sort of shoes or boots I wore they would hurt my feet.

“Then I found a brand of walking boot which are really comfortable, so I never have them off my feet and I’ve been through three pairs now.”

Despite his condition, Shane last year set up his own dog walking and sitting company, Wags, after being made redundant from his previous job in a factory.

Shane, who underwent his surgery in 2009, says he has never looked back.

Now family, friends and customers have been sponsoring him for his coastal walk, which starts on Friday, September 9.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Shane can contact him on 07966 839 349.

Twitter: @sunderlandecho.