Monday, 17 February 2014

Sorry not to have put much on the blog lately but did not want to get too repetitive as I am still concentrating on finding accommodation along the walk. I continue to discover some very generous people who are willing to get involved. Thanks to the Mackays and Malcolm from  Gospie for your support, Rev Barder from Fort Augustus and Caroline Wilson from Drumnadrochit for agreeing to put us up.
 Had a good time on Saturday evening with about 80 people, we enjoyed quizzes, food and listening to live music supplied by Luke Berry (no relation to Chuck) and his friends, very talented young people. On top of that we also raised some money!
Thanks to a friend of ours, Graham who is kindly arranging travel to get us to the start, flying to Inverness and then by car to John O Groats.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Thanks to St Patrick's church work party in Patterdale for agreeing to let me sleep in their church hall and also to David and Marcia from Penrith Methodist church for their offer of help. It was nice speaking to you both this morning. Apart from Eccleston and Frodsham I now have accommodation sorted from Carlisle down to Chester (16 days).

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

I have spoken to a number of new contacts concerning accommodation, Ruth at Craiglodge community prayer lodge has kindly agreed for my wife Ruth and I to stay overnight Monday 16th June and Dave at Inversnaid bunkhouse has given a very generous price reduction, thanks to both of you. Many others are at this moment looking for accommodation for me, as it stands at the moment more than half of the nights are covered.
Congratulations to Leanne and Dave on their engagement, they get married May31st. Leanne lodges at our home and we are looking forward to witnessing the wedding and then straight afterwards we are off to Scotland. They have also kindly sponsored an overnight at Balmaha on the banks of Lomond.
At the other end of the country near the end of my walk on Tuesday 12th August Robert from Newquay Christian centre has offered a bed for the night, thanks Robert.
I had two very good days in Asda, Ashton, thanks Anthony for organising this, the good news is I raised £850 in donations and met some lovely people and had some good conversations, not to mention the encouraging handshakes. The bad news is I have to carry some very heavy bags full of coins to the bank!!