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Total raised so far

53%

£5,365.00 of £10,000 target +£837.50 Gift Aid See breakdown

Recent donations

19 hours ago

Gill Mohan

£20.00

Good luck with your walk.

yesterday

Martin & Davey

£100.00

So fantastic you get to raise money for such great charities, whilst also fulfilling your original retirement dream. Best of luck to you both!

1 week ago

Felicity B

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Well done John & Wendy for embarking on this amazing challenge.

1 week ago

Pat Brittin

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

All good wishes for this amazing fundraising feat.

1 week ago

Mr M Millar

£30.00

I have also had bowel cancer - I'm now 11 years clear. I went for a colonoscopy (arranged by my Doc) - the clinic had no record of my appointment, I'd done the "prep" ready for the procedure, so was confused as to what to do. If I'd waited for another appointment it'd have been another 3 months. My friend & I are both Christians (me just recently having come to the Lord) so we decided to sit & pray in the waiting area. A guy came in who had an appointment but hadn't done the "prep" so was refused the procedure -- I stepped into his "spot" - I was diagnosed with a very aggressive type of bowel cancer - 2 months later I had the operation - a "cut & shut" by a great surgeon, so NO bag needed --- ain't the Lord great & doesn't He work in the strangest ways lol

1 week ago

Dave and Elaine

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

You are both amazing and definitely bonkers! We know you will smash this! Xx

1 week ago

Stephanie Crawford

£30.00

God Bless you both as you take on this challenge for such worthy causes

1 week ago

Anonymous

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Best foot forward!

2 weeks ago

Liliane Binnie

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck and fair weather on your amazing venture. Look forward to your telling all about it at MKSSG.

2 weeks ago

Dave and Liz Walton who kindly donated to a good cause in memory of Tom Powell

£80.00

+ £20.00 Gift Aid

You're making a difference

John and Wendy are walking from Land's End to John O'Groats

Event dates: 1st April 2024 – 30th June 2024

John & Wendy Cunningham are raising money for Willen Hospice and St Mark's Hospital Foundation


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Our story

Life sometimes throws you a massive curveball. Back in March 2020 before the first UK lockdown, John was diagnosed with stage 3-4 bowel cancer. Then ensued 5 weeks of chemoradiotherapy, followed by a 15 hour hour radical bowel surgery in 2021 and a month in ITU. Negotiating the complexity of treatment and another course of chemotherapy during the worldwide Covid pandemic added to the challenges we faced.

A long held retirement plan of ours was to walk from Lands End to John O' Groats. Not sure if this could now happen, we never gave up hope. We held this as a goal during the long gruelling rehabilitation which followed. Grateful to now be fit and well (albeit with John's altered lifestyle living with 2 stomas) the dream is scheduled to actually begin in spring 2024!! This is going to be a massive challenge and to say it's rather daunting is an understatement. To raise funds during the walk will spur us on.

John was a member of the Business Club at Willen Hospice before retiring and has chosen to support this amazing charity which relies totally on contributions to survive. We also want to wholeheartedly thank the team at St. Marks Hospital for his lifesaving surgery and therefore want to raise funds for the department.

We have now completed walking the Grand Union Canal from London to Birmingham and also the Isle of Wight coastline of 80 miles.

The date for this epic walk is set starting on 1st April (yes, April Fools Day!) and we will be staying in a camper van each night and hopefully people can help us get to and from it!

We hope large companies will support us by sponsoring the van (which we will advertise them on the sides of the van) but all of the other costs we are totally funding so all donations will go to the above two charities.

Please spread the message far and wide as we want to raise as much as we possibly can. We will update you on progress as we trek across our amazing country!


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Our updates

1 month ago

Well, we have gone and launched our walk today on some social media sites plus we have contacted our local radio station MKFM - mkfm.com/. They have already posted it on their site which is amazing and thank you so much! We have also contacted TV stations plus waiting to hear from the Guinness Book of Records, as John could be the first person to do this walk with two stomas (a word he dislikes intensely!). Thank you for all who have donated so far.

4 months ago

We have now booked the campervan from the wonderful Parklife Campers, who are suporting us with a special price. Thank you Katie and Ali at Parklife (check out parklifecampers.com/

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Our 2 charities

Willen Hospice

Charity number: 270194

St Mark's Hospital Foundation

Charity number: 1140930

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