A FORMER Ellesmere Port man has achieved a charity trek first - without raising a penny!
Steve Taylor took four months to walk from Lands End in Cornwall to John O'Groats in Scotland, then back again.
He wasn't sponsored, so he is now calling on Pioneer readers to raise lots of cash.
Mr Taylor, 50, left the Port as a teenager to live down south, but still has family in the town.
He set off on his trek on September 4 and finished on January 9. Along the way he stopped at a signpost and used pieces of paper to spell out the names of the hospices he was supporting and the names of his two baby nieces, Naomi and Kerry, who were inspiring him.
During his 2,000-mile walk he got through four pairs of boots, two tents and two waterproofs, grew a beard, lost three-and-a-half stone in weight and endured 27 heat and -13 cold.
He said: 'It's never been done before, walking there and back. It was a lonely trek most of the time, although friends did come and meet me at certain points
Mr Taylor, who is based in Essex but travels the country for agency work, did the slog in aid of Claire House Hospice in Bebington and Little Haven Hospice in the south.
But he said: 'I didn't have sponsorship so I'm asking for Port people to get behind me now and collect money in their local pub or place of work.
'They can also send cash directly to Claire House or donate through the www.justgiving.com website.'
Donations can also be sent to Mr Taylor, c/o Bridge Boats, Canvey Way, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 0QG.