MP welcomes ‘Death Valley Jack’ to Parliament

Mark Reckless MP and local hero Jack Denness

Mark Reckless MP and local hero Jack Denness

Mark Reckless MP was delighted to welcome local hero Jack Denness to Parliament last week to help him in his bid to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay when it passes through Medway later in the year.

Marathon man Jack Denness, known locally as ‘Death Valley Jack’ after becoming the oldest person at 75 to finish one of the world’s most gruelling endurance races, joined Mark Reckless at a Parliamentary reception where he finally got to lift the Olympic Torch.

Speaking after the event, Mark said:

“It was a privilege to welcome Jack Denness to Parliament and see him hold the Olympic torch aloft. He is an inspiration to Medway.”

Jack Denness responded:

“It was a memorable visit to Parliament to meet my MP Mark Reckless who is “banging” his head against invisible committees trying to get me the honour of being one of Medway’s torch bearers. I found him to be very genuine. Thanks again.”

Jack, who has already raised more than £100,000 for charity, will be taking part in a 100 mile walk in June in memory of his friend Alan Le Good. All money raised will go to the Wisdom Hospice in Rochester. You can donate online here.

Follow the Medway Messenger’s ‘We’re Backing Jack’ campaign for Jack Denness to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay every Monday and Friday at your local newsagents.

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