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Lands End to John O’Groats : Carl Scott

My Story

I started cycling during lockdown as the gym was shut. I was eating too many calories and not moving enough on account of having nothing to do! Now I like to get out and ride every day, and have consistently started doing 25 miles each day. It was on one of these journeys that I wondered how far it was from Lands End to John O’Groats. So I looked it up. It’s 839 miles. If I do 25 miles a day, for seven days a week, it’ll take me just under five weeks to do that journey. So that’s what I’m going to do.

Having decided to take on the challenge, I also figured it would be a good idea to try and raise some money for a worthy cause. There are various statistics going around citing the numbers of people who suffered anxiety or depression as a result of this pesky pandemic. I read somewhere that something like 25% of the UK has been affected, but whatever the figure, a lot of people have had their mental, as well as physical health affected. I don’t mind telling you that I’m one of them.

To have my business suddenly taken away from me and be personally placed in solitary confinement had a bigger effect on me than I could have imagined. I am happy to confirm that this was a temporary state and I am now fine. With the gym being closed towards the end of lockdown I started riding my bike again.

I have decided to use this daft idea of mine to raise money for ‘Suffolk Mind’ in order to help people who can’t just do it for themselves, or simply need some help. I consider myself very lucky not to suffer particularly, but we are all on the mental health continuum and we move up and down it depending on how we cope with the challenges of life and the stresses that it creates. Personally, I can look back and say I didn’t dip that far from ‘Wellbeing’, but it was far enough to make a difference to me and I didn’t like it.

As my goal is 839 miles, I figured that would be a good target to aim for on the money raising front. £839 is what I want to raise. I would dearly love it if you would be so kind as to sponsor me, even if it is just a penny a mile as I only need £8.39 from 100 people. Any amount that you sponsor me above this would just be a bonus.

I will of course keep you posted on my progress and I will have some kind of app that will monitor my mileage.

UPDATE.....

I did it! 28 days instead of 35, and in those 28 days managed to hit 209% of my sponsorship target, so I'm over the moon!

It was great fun and very rewarding, with a lot of wet rides, punctures and scraped knees from falls along the way. Thank you so much to everyone who kindly donated

Please note, Suffolk Mind has not created the content written on personal giving pages.

Raised so far for
Suffolk Mind

213%
213% Raised so far
£1,790.00 of £839.00
Days until event:
3 7
Date of Event: 30/11/2020
Sponsor Carl Scott

My Supporters

Jan, Nigel & Joy

Congratulations on completing such a challenge- well done! (Thank you for helping us through lockdown, with Sunday quiz)

13/10/2020
£20.00 + £5.00 gift aid
Harvey Goldsmith This supporter has not left a message. 12/10/2020
£10.00 + £2.50 gift aid
Jon Richards

Brilliantly done Carl!!

06/10/2020
£5.00 + £1.25 gift aid
Future Sister In Law Who Has A Great Personality - Tee Hee X

Well done my lovely. Burn the cycling shorts now unless they're fused on xx

05/10/2020
£20.00 + £5.00 gift aid
Valerie Pugh

Well done Carl 

05/10/2020
£60.00
Susan Wills

Well done Carl

05/10/2020
£5.00 + £1.25 gift aid
Ian

Quite a challenge.  At least you got to know the route well.  Well done

05/10/2020
£10.00 + £2.50 gift aid
Jeanette, Keith And Molly

Well done Carl. Now have a well-earned rest !!

05/10/2020
£20.00 + £5.00 gift aid
K Griffiths

Well done! An amazing effort for a great cause.

05/10/2020
£30.00
Jacob Hare

Well done Carlos, great thing to do xx 

05/10/2020
£10.00 + £2.50 gift aid
Sue And Ben Swan 🦢

Congratulations 🎉 you did it Amazing. Such a great charity to xx 

05/10/2020
£15.00 + £3.75 gift aid
Patseymour

Go Carl! Finally sponsored you xx

05/10/2020
£15.00 + £3.75 gift aid
Bridget Inglis

Gi Carl Go. Allez Allez Allez

05/10/2020
£10.00
Bridget Inglis

Gi Carl Go. Allez Allez Allez

05/10/2020
£10.00
Bridget Inglis

Gi Carl Go. Allez Allez Allez

05/10/2020
£10.00
Doreen Harvey Hhk

Well done Carl x

05/10/2020
£20.00 + £5.00 gift aid
Payments

The total amount raised brought forward from the legacy Giving system.

24/09/2020
£1,520.00
John Lucock

Just donated ..Keep going Chiefy…..A nice pint of proper ale at the end is truly deserved…none of this choccamocha stuff

03/09/2020
Sue And Ben Swan

Well done amazing . Great charity.

29/08/2020
Jen M

Well done Carl! I’ve just donated 🙂 Thanks for highlighting the importance of mental health care

25/08/2020
Pam Cole

Go Carl & Captain Flashheart….!!

25/08/2020
Angela

Yay ! Go Carl! You’ve hit £1,000 Enjoy the rides

24/08/2020
Carl Scott

I had a lovely phone call from a gentleman who said he is “Just an old bloke who stayed with you many years ago”. He is unfortunately a widower now, but he said that he and his wife loved their break with us, and that he has followed everything that I’ve done since, loves getting my emails, and just said that “you are a genuine, decent bloke”. I have to say, that made me well up, especially when he said that he is sending me a cheque for £100 as he doesn’t really “do technology”. Hence the fact that there is a £100 donation from Carl Scott. Thank you John, what a gentleman

22/08/2020
Louise Potter

Good luck Carl, great thing to do x love Louise and Jacob x

22/08/2020
Mary&david White

What a brave man,would love to help. All the best when you go on your way

22/08/2020
Celia Bruce

KEEP THE WHEELS MOVING. GOOD LUCK AND WELL DONE.

22/08/2020
Gill Woods

My niece’s husband is starting the actual cycle from Lands End to John o Groats tomorrow. Good luck Carl

22/08/2020
Valerie Pugh

£25 if you make it, even if you don’t, I know you will have done your best x

22/08/2020
Jan Lewis

Such a great charity, I’m sure you’ll smash this Carl!

22/08/2020
Ian

Good luck. My tummy is a bit larger than it was at the beginning of lockdown, this looks to be a great challenge.

21/08/2020
Sarah Tullis

Good luck Carl, good job Suffolk is flat! Such a worthy cause. P.S. We do hope to revisit some day, probably next year now.

21/08/2020
Diane Evans

Great idea! Go Carl! X

21/08/2020
Sharon Thompson

Hi Carl. Good luck with your challenge for a fantastic cause. Looking forward to receiving your updates on how it is going.

21/08/2020
Christine Peters

Good luck Carl. A bit more padding might be needed!!!!!!

21/08/2020
Beverley Young

Well done you lovely man!

21/08/2020