We'd like to wish the best of luck to longstanding MS Trust supporter Jim Thompson as he begins a 1,300 mile trek on Friday.
He will be wearing his MS Trust T-Shirt and will have Ed the Ted to keep him company, so if you see him en route give him a toot or a cheer! Jim tells us more about his amazing challenge below.
I am a 59-year-old retired police sergeant and member of the Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team. I will be walking from Lizard Point, mainland Britain's most southerly point, to Dunnet Head, the most northerly, via Land's End to John O'Groats on long distance footpaths. I will be walking unsupported on my own, for over 1,300 miles, starting on Friday 18th May and finishing on Thursday 30th August. This is my sixtieth birthday present to myself, which I will be fully funding, so every penny I raise will be solely for the use of the charity.
I started raising funds for the MS Trust as my step-son suffers from MS and they have been very supportive to him. My wife Anne Thompson formed the North East MS Trust Fundraising Group and in the past I've raised money for the MS Trust by running the Great North Run and swimming from Islay to the Scottish Mainland by island hoping.
My last training walk has been completed and now everything is ready. The route is planned, guides and maps bought and 105 nights’ accommodation booked, a task in itself. Ed, my companion, who can be seen on the left hand shoulder strap of my rucksack, is also ready.