Another Long Way Down

March 22nd 2010. When I get to Reading Station I'm going to get on a Rail Air coach heading to Heathrow Airport. BMI are flying me to Glasgow for an evening meal, a bed for the night and a hearty breakfast in the morning. Best part is... all of this comfortable travel and top class accommodation is free. From the moment I leave my office until I check out of the Novotel in Glasgow, I won't have spent a penny. All of the companies above have offered their services absolutely free to support me in my challenge to raise awareness and funding for some very worthwhile causes. Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity, and Community Responders. 
Just how fast can a man travel with all he needs on his back? Didn't I mention that? The coach, flight, etc have only given me a one-way ticket to get to Glasgow. So to get back to Reading, it's down to me and my feet.

When I get walkin on the 23rd March, I'll be heading North to start with. I'm going to spend the night by Loch Lomond before I turn round and head down South.  I'll be stopping off in Leeds on the way down to meet a young lady called Alice, I'll let you find out why by clicking here. After I've said hello to Alice and Co. it's a trek down to London to find out first hand, just how hard the guys at Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity work to help seriously and terminally ill kids across the UK. Then when I've done that, a quick dash West, along the Thames Path and I'm back where I started in Reading. I'll more than likely have blisters, a sore set of legs and swear blind that I'll never do anything so stupid ever again.
Hopefully I'll have made quite a bit of cash for a couple of charities, found someone to supply Community First Responders with some much needed kit, and everyone I met over the last few days will be aware of the great work that these guys do.

So why am I doing this?

Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity
Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity was formed in 2004 to help children who are living with serious or life-threatening illnesses between the ages of 3-18, across the United Kingdom
It does this by:-

Granting these children's wishes however impossible the wish may seem.
Purchasing equipment such as electric wheelchairs or hoists to make their lives easier.
Helping hospitals, hospices and specialist schools improve their facilities.
With your help and support together we can turn wishes into happy memories.

South Central Ambulance Service
Community First Responders
A Community First Responder is a member of the public who volunteers to help their community by responding to medical emergencies, like this one...

“Toby is 7 years old and he has cerebral palsy and often has epileptic fits at night. On one occasion he had a severe fit, inhaled vomit and stopped breathing. The Community First Responder was there immediately and saved my sons life. They deserve all the help and support you can give them.” Caroline Robinson, Toby's mum

That's Why!
Thanks to these guys I may just do it!



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