I am not one that is used to readily accepting charity but the one thing this walk has taught me is that asking for help when you genuinely need it is an ok thing. Many, many people have helped me get this far and I couldnt have done anything like the miles I have done without the assistance of hundreds of heroes on the way. I am truely humbled by every one of them.
But, and its a big but, the many thousands I squirreled away to start up and support myself on this venture are fast running out. I estimate that even with many offers of accomodation in the coming 3-4 weeks I will run out of money with 25% of the Walk left to do.
So, I am making an appeal to anyone and everyone that follows my Blog and on Twitter and Facebook. Is there any Company or Organisation that could help with sponsorship of £1000 in order to allow me to complete this amazing experience and an opportunity to add to the nearly £4000 I have raised for Prostate Cancer UK so far.
In return I will advertise on my Webpage their help and mention them at every opportunity in the next 2 and 1/2 months in any promotion done of my Walk by clubs or local and national Media.
If you can help or know someone who can then please contact me via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @walkthe9t2 or ring me on 07506 458000.
Many thanks in anticipation, I know there is someone out there who can help me.
Sometimes in life you need to take a step back to go forward.
The blow of having to stop my walk so soon allowed me to rethink a few things and prepare better for the task ahead. Knowing the limits of your body is a valuable lesson to learn when trying to do a Walk like this and its fair to say that i wasnt completely prepared for it.
The toe that blew is mending nicely and I’ve bought some additional footwear for when the weather is good enough to not wear the boot. The pack is lighter (well, a bit) and i’ve bought a lighter but bigger tent.
So, on Weds 5th September I will head off to resume my walk in Lymington where I had to stop. I’ll be on the beach at Bournemouth by the evening and back on track.
I have to thank people for all the support I have received encouraging me to carry on, of course I had plenty of people taking the piss out of me but life wouldn’t be the same without friends giving you stick would it.
Walkthe92 take two! places please…….
From a very early age being called Scott allowed your friends and other kids at school to make all sorts of jokes as kids do about names, some rhyming some picking out characters from history. If I had a quid for every time someone who, upon hearing my name, replied “Ah, Scott of the Antarctic” I’d probably have enough to buy the kit and clothing I need to take on the challenge of walking to all 92 Clubs and have some left over.
As much as it has annoyed me over the years, it has spookily become relevant to my attempt. If you don’t know your history I’ll give you a potted one I nicked from Wikipedia.
Captain Robert Falcon Scott attempted to be the first man to reach the South Pole early in the 20th Century with his expedition team but sadly it failed with he and all his team dying on the return.
To add to the tragedy Scott was beaten by a Norwegian, Roald Amundsen and his team, who was much better prepared for the trip and crucially used Dogs to help the expedition rather than the Ponies that Scott fatally chose for his.
Without finding evidence to the contrary so far I believed that I would be the first to Walk to all 92 Football Clubs in one go.
My “Amundsen” is currently half way round on his attempt and it is called WalkingUnited. Paul Hodgkinson, who is partially blind, is walking the 92 clubs for the RNIB and also Leukemia and Lymphoma research. He faces losing his sight altogether in the future, a horrifying thought for anyone to deal with. You can see more about him at www.walkingweareunited.co.uk and I hope you donate to his causes.
If Paul can make it round, going at twice the pace I will be and also with only one eye, then it puts my attempt into context and how hard it will be for me, or not. That gives me great encouragement and excitement as I enter the month before the off on Sunday August 19th.
I hope that unlike Captain Scott I make it round in one piece and like Amundsen, Paul beats me to the 92 first.