A STROUD pair will walk the length of the River Thames to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society and mental health charity Mind.

Chris Cowcher, from Stonehouse and father-in-law David, from King’s Stanley, will be celebrating their respective 30th and 60th birthdays in July and planned the walk to coincide.

They will begin the trek from the Thames Barrier in London on Saturday, June 28 and will walk 184 miles in just seven days to finish at the river’s source just outside of Kemble in Gloucestershire on Friday, July 4.

Having suffered with depression Chris is hoping the challenge will raise awareness as well as money about mental health conditions.

He said: “If through this birthday challenge I can raise some funds and more help normalise the conversation about mental health illnesses then I can feel I’ve done some good.”

David is completing the challenge for Alzheimer’s Society in memory of his mother, who sadly passed away in 2007 following a long battle with the illness.

You can keep up to date with the pair’s progress on Twitter @sixty_thirty. Donations can be made online to David at www.justgiving.com/DAVID-GRANT6060/ and Chris at www.justgiving.com/thamestochange