A CHARITY worker certainly put his best foot forward when he walked 100km over two days, including on the hottest day of the year to date.

Christians Against Poverty’s (CAP) Chepstow and District Debt Centre manager David Price warmed to his task by completing the gruelling Cotswold Way Challenge from Bath to Cheltenham in a total time of 21 hours 19 minutes.

He undertook the sponsored marathon to help local people with problem debt and has so far raised nearly £700.

The walk, which took in the highlights of the Cotswold Way, included climbing 2590m, taking more than 134,000 steps and burning off a whopping 11,763 calories

“It was a challenge, it was hot and hard work,” he admitted after the July 6 to 7 effort.

“Battling with the heat on the Saturday was difficult; there was not much shade as I trudged over seemingly, endless fields.

“On arriving at one rest stop, the chocolate bars had all melted, but there was a welcome shower en route when a family in one village had their hosepipe out spraying participants and offering ice cold drinks.

“I wouldn’t do it again but it was worth it to see what a difference we will be able to make for local people.”

David is not averse to a challenge: last year, together with his wife Leona, they walked the 100-mile Gloucestershire Way and the year before he ran 12 half marathons

He said: “Since starting work with CAP as the Chepstow manager in November 2018, I have witnessed how destructive debt stress can be.

“It affects family relationships, health and can be very isolating. As part of a compassionate community, we provide people with a route out of debt and CAP is distinct because it does that in partnership with the church.”

To sponsor David donate via www.give.net/davidcotswoldway, or if you would like to see some more photos of David and his challenge visit www.facebook.com/David2019CW/

The Chepstow & District CAP Debt Centre helps those who are struggling with the burden of debt from Magor in the west to Lydney in the East, offering a free service which comes to them in their home.

CAP’s Bradford head office draw up a plan, so they can become debt free.

Other local CAP debt centres are in Ross-on-Wye, which covers Monmouth, Newent and through the Forest of Dean.

If you are in need of debt help or would like to find out more about the CAP Money Course, which covers budgeting and saving or any other CAP services, call Freephone 0800 328 0006 or visit www.capuk.org

CAP is a UK charity determined to reduce UK poverty delivering debt counselling, money management, job clubs and support for people breaking addictions.