Land’s End to John O’Groats in support of AYM (Update!)

You may remember back in February when we told you of musician Guy Turner and how he is generously walking over 1000 miles for charity enroute from Land’s End to John O’Groats this Summer. Since then he has been training hard for the walk, which begins in July.

Guy, who sings in the Cathedral Choir at Southwell Minster and is Conductor of Bingham Choral Society, will undertake this challenge between late July and early October. He will be mainly walking alone, although on some days friends will join him for short distances.

Guy has kindly chosen us as one of the four charities he is supporting! His initial target is to raise a total of £10,000, £2500 for each charity, though he hopes that the final total will be a lot more. Sponsors will be able to choose which charity or charities they support. He is funding all the costs of the trip himself so ALL sponsorship money will go to the chosen charities.

1050 Miles, 65 walking days (plus 10 rest days) 

He has been doing regular walks from his home in Maythorne, either following the River Greet to the Trent and looping back via Thurgaton, or looping through Maplebeck, Kneesall and Norwell (Guy says Thurgaton and Norwell both providing very good pub lunches!) These loops vary between 18 and 21 miles. In addition, to make sure he got some hills in, he spent five days in Castleton just after Easter, walking up Lose Hill, Mam Tor, Kinder Scout and Win Hill.

For all of these he has been walking with a rucksack packed with books and pillows to about the weight he will need to carry on the walk in the summer.

Meanwhile, sponsorship for the charities he is supporting is pouring in and already over £6,000 has been donated! Notable support has come from both the Southwell Lions and Southwell Rotary Club, and Guy has been to give talks about his trip to both groups.

Guy will be set off from John O’Groats on July 27th and plans to reach John O’Groats on October 11th, raising money for Framework, Awards for Young Musicians, Southwell Minster Eco-projects and Bingham Choral Society. 

There are many ways to fundraise for AYM such as hosting concerts, marking a special occasion, remembering a loved one or embarking on sponsored challenges – you’ll raise much needed funds for young musicians across the UK and help spread the word too.

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