‘Speedo Mick’ smashes fundraising target

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Michael Cullen

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Michael Cullen updated his followers on social media throughout the 200-mile trek

A football fan who walked to Wembley wearing his swimming trunks has broken his £50,000 fundraising target.

Everton supporter Michael Cullen, 50, completed the 11-day challenge ahead of his team’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United on Saturday.

He has now raised more than £53,000 for the Woodlands Hospice in Liverpool, having previously raised £30,000 after swimming the English Channel.

Everton lost the game 2-1, with United scoring a late injury time winner.

Mr Cullen said: “I’m very tired, but elated. On the last day I was very happy all the way and it was great to arrive there.

“I’m back at work tomorrow and I’m actually looking forward to getting back to normality.”

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Cullen vowed to watch Everton all season in his swimming trunks

Carole Riley, of Woodlands Hospice, said: “We are very proud and appreciative of Michael’s efforts.

“Not only has he generated a massive amount of money but he has raised the awareness and profile of Woodlands Hospice and the need for hospice services to such a wide audience.

“We would like to give a massive big and sincere thank you to Speedo Mick and all those who have supported him.”

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