ONE of our residents will soon be embarking on a gentle stroll – by walking from Lands’ End to John O’Groats (LeJoG).
Colchester resident Paul Hollick, will start from Land’s End on Sunday 19thJuly and will take six weeks to complete the 900 mile route by walking 20 - 30 miles a day to raise funds for the charity, Dementia Adventure – a charity which connects people living with dementia with nature.
After suffering a back injury five years ago, which left him housebound for a year, Paul felt he needed a personal challenge and decided to raise funds for Dementia Adventure as his grandmother and his wife’s grandmother both had the condition.
To help him walk the length of Britain, Paul - who will be camping throughout the journey and carrying all of his supplies in a rucksack weighing two stone - has been training since Christmas by walking daily and recently completed a 30 mile hike.
While Paul will be on his own for most of the journey, he will be joined by some friends and family members along the way for a day or two.
“The longest I have walked in training so far is 30 miles, which took me nine hours, so I have a fairly good idea of what I’m up against, although I’m slightly concerned about the Highlands in Scotland,” said Paul.
“I decided that I wanted give myself a unique challenge and to push myself so I thought it’d be a good idea to find out my limits by taking on the longest walk the UK has to offer. It will just be me, my backpack and my tent, although I’m getting more nervous as the day gets closer,” he added.
Ray Canham, Community Engagement manager, commented: “The fact that Paul has gone from suffering severe back problems to taking on the UK’s longest walk is fantastic, which is why we wish him all the best on his journey.
“We are always proud of any residents who endeavour to raise funds for a worthwhile cause, especially after they have faced a life changing moment.”
If you would like to help Paul by donating please visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/paulhollicklejog.