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'Speedo Mick' sets off on 10-day Walk to Wembley.

Byline: SAM DEAN news@liverpool.com @LIVECHONEWS

EVERTON fundraiser "Speedo Mick" has started an incredible 10-day walk to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final.

Mick was cheered off by family and friends as he left Goodison Park this morning wearing his famous blue speedos, swimming cap and goggles.

He is walking more than 200 miles to the national stadium for next Saturday's clash against either Manchester United or West Ham.

'walk Dovecot lighting engineer Mick - real name Michael Cullen - told the ECHO: "This is the longest walk I have done. I wasn't really a walker until I started this, I am more of a swimmer and a runner , and especially not this distance of 200-odd miles.

"I have had no time to train either, because I've got to do my job, and I have got a dodgy knee as well. But I love it.

"I love the shock factor when people see me. Everyone starts laughing and they love it."

a Mick, who walked from Bournemouth to London earlier this year, has been raising money all season for the Woodlands Hospice Charitable Trust, where a friend's father was treated.

He has raised more than PS30,000 and hopes to reach PS50,000 by the end of the season.

Despite his commitment to wearing Speedos, he doubts he will be able to make it all the way to London without wrapping up warm.

He said: "I am going to be in my Speedos for as long as I possibly can. When I get really cold, I will have to put my coat on. But, if the sun comes out, I'll be in my Speedos all day long."

He plans on walking around 23 miles each day, and then finishing off with a "handy" 17-miler at the end.

Mick has even been invited to play a part in a play about the life of Everton legend Alan Ball this summer, starring as Eddie Kavanagh, a fan who ran onto the Wembley pitch during the 1966 FA Cup final, losing his jacket in the process.

He added that his star status had been big surprise, saying: "I am just an Everton fan trying to raise money for charity."

You can follow his progress on Twitter and you can track his location on Glympse.

And you can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/speedomick/

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