A FATHER trekking for his stepdaughter has set out on a five-day journey to all the region’s football grounds.
Civil servant Peter Miller is raising cash for Eve Anderson, a nine-year-old Northumberland girl who has an inoperable brain tumour and epilepsy.
She is also thought to be the UK’s youngest sufferer of Locked In Syndrome, meaning Eve is aware but cannot move or talk.
Peter, of Ashington, started his journey at St James’ Park, in Newcastle, yesterday, and will have tackled an impressive 140 miles before the week is out.
The money raised will go towards equipment that will make Eve’s life better.
Peter said: “This challenge is all about giving Eve a better quality of life and raising as much money as possible.
“We want to make the life she is living as worthwhile and stimulating as possible.
“We are really pleased with how it has gone so far. We’re really happy with how generous everyone has been.”
Wearing a T-shirt and waving a banner with Eve’s face on it, Peter will be easy to spot.
Yesterday, the 32-year-old headed from St James’ Park to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light and then on to Peterlee, in County Durham.
Today, he aims to get to Hartlepool FC then on to the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.
The next day, Peter will head through Stockton and up to Durham City where he will make a stop at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street, home to Durham County Cricket Club.
On Wednesday, he will head to Whickham, where he will stay the night with family.
Then, over the last two days of his walk, he plans to visit the grounds of his local teams, including Cramlington FC and the home of the Bedlington Terriers in Northumberland.
Peter welcomes those who would like to join him on the last day of his mammoth walk on Friday from Cramlington to Ashington, to show their support.
The news of Eve’s illness has come as a shock to her family, which includes mother Lee, 34, Eve’s little sister Mia, seven, and brother Jed, three, and Eve’s natural father Ian.
Eve collapsed on Valentine’s Day 2011 suffering from a bleed on the brain and doctors gave her a 50/50 chance of survival.
The schoolgirl was rushed to hospital for a series of tests and it was later revealed how poorly she was.
Eve’s loved ones have now made a wishlist filled with things they would like to buy with the money Peter raises as grants available to the family only cover her basic needs.
The list includes sensory equipment, a cushioned seat, a new family car and devices that could help Eve to communicate in the future.
They will need £25,000 and so far fundraisers have managed to drum up around £11,000.
Anyone who wants to help should visit http://www.justgiving.com/allforeve
Alternatively, people can text EVES99 and the amount they wish to donate to 70070 and the cash will be deducted from the phone bill.
People who want to join Peter can keep up to date with his progress on Eve’s Facebook page.
For more details, go to www.facebook.com/allforeve.petermiller