A Blackburn mans has donated thousands to a Darwen charity after completing a gruelling six day challenge.

Oliver McCann, employment law & HR partner and head of Napthens' Blackburn and East Lancashire office of Napthens Solicitors, spent six days walking 90 miles across Hadrian’s Wall.

However, it was all for a good cause and he managed to raise more than £6,000; he presented a £3,000 cheque to young people’s charity Youth Zone Darwen and the remaining money was donated to the Napthens Foundation.

Oliver said: “My friends and I have talked about this for a few years and wanted to do this to raise funds for different charities.”

“It was a wonderful, but challenging experience which I hoped would raise much needed funds for my chosen causes.

“It’s not usually the distance that gets you, but the wear and tear on the feet and legs; fortunately I got through it without any injury, just some tiredness.

“Reaching the end point at Wallsend was a great feeling knowing that I had raised over £6000 with 50 per cent going to the Youth Zone and the rest to Napthens Foundation.

“Collectively myself and my friends raised over £10,500 for various causes. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported me and kindly donated during challenging financial times.”

The 90 mile walk, which stretched coast to coast across northern England, saw Oliver along with three friends set off from Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne in the east and finish in Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria on the west coast.

Oliver, on behalf of Napthens, has supported the Youth Zone over the last 10 years having done a number of fundraising initiatives in aid of the Youth Zone, showing his passion and commitment to supporting young people of the town.

To Wayne Wild trustee of Blackburn Youth Zone and Youth Zone Darwen said: “We are so grateful to Oliver for taking on this challenge to raise vital funds for Youth Zone, Darwen and the amount raised single-handedly is astonishing.

“I hope Oliver’s challenge will inspire others to take on a challenge and help us in supporting thousands of young people across the borough.

“A big thank you to Oliver for all his hard work.”