6 month’s time, all the hard work will be put to the test, along with every inch of motivation and aspiration I have for changing lives.
If you don’t know by now (maybe you’re living under a rock), in January 2018, the 1st to be precise, I will be walking from Southampton to Aberdeen to raise funds for Eastleigh based charity, Pavilion on the Park.
Pavilion on the Park started off my volunteering journey with me, seeing something in me, that I didn’t at the time. The walk is not only the launch of my fundraising ambitions, but a huge thank you to them for giving me the life I always dreamt about.
I never expected for everything that’s happened in my life to have happened, but I honestly believe, if they didn’t give me my first opportunity, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing and probably never had volunteered.
Big words, but the words are a representation of their impact on me and my journey.
A journey that’s now under serious planning, creating a route for the walk. The first route estimated 580 miles in total over the course of 30 days, with the route being primarily roads. I want to walk on the streets of the UK rather than nature parks and reserves, as I want to make this a community experience.
I don’t want to do this alone!
It’s going to be a lonely month for me, walking most of the route on my own, but that’s where I want your help. I NEED your support!
- Want to walk with me?
- Have a sofa I could sleep on for one night?
- Want to help raise awareness and support the fundraising target of £10,000 (£20,000 if match-funded)
Below, you’ll find ‘route 1’. ‘Route 1’ is just a guide of where I might walk, and how I’m going to get there. Being a rough plan and not the confirmed route, I want this to give you an indication as to the direction I’ll be walking and the towns and cities I’ll be passing. (All roads etc will be confirmed, once I have a 100% confirmed route)
Day 1 – Southampton to Salisbury
Day 2 – Salisbury to Andover
Day 3 – Andover to Basingstoke
Day 4 – Basingstoke to Bracknell
Day 5 – Bracknell to Watford
Day 6 – Watford to Luton
Day 7 – Luton to Bedford
Day 8 – Bedford to Kettering
Day 9 – Kettering to Leicester
Day 10 – Leicester to Nottingham
Day 11 – Nottingham to Mansfield
Day 12 – Mansfield to Sheffield
Day 13 – Sheffield to Doncaster
Day 14 – Doncaster to Leeds
Day 15 – Leeds to Harrogate
Day 16 – Harrogate to Darlington
Day 17 – Darlington to Hartlepool
Day 18 – Hartlepool to Sunderland
Day 19 – Sunderland to Newcastle
Day 20 – Newcastle to Ellington
Day 21 – Ellington to Hepburn
Day 22 – Hepburn to Swinton
Day 23 – Swinton to Belhaven
Day 24 – Belhaven to Edinburgh
Day 25 – Edinburgh to Dunfermline
Day 26 – Dunfermline to Perth
Day 27 – Perth to Forfar
Day 28 – Forfar to Stonehaven
Day 29 – Stonehaven to Aberdeen
With the first route only having 29 days, it does mean there’s an opportunity for me to have a day of rest and to spend some time with loved ones.
If you’ve looked at the route and think you might be able to help in some way, please do get in touch by either ‘direct message on Twitter’ or by filling out this ‘contact form’.
I’d love to see as many of you during the walk, get to know you a bit more and to celebrate how social media has brought us all together.
It was a bit of a long post today, but now you know what I’m currently planning and how you can get involved.
P.S I’m looking at getting t-shirts sorted for everyone who supports the event by either walking with me or by putting me up for a night. I will confirm everything as soon as they happen.