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Derbyshire man hiking 1,200 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End for charities

Sam Culley from Derby is walking 1,200 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and The Wildlife Trusts.

Sam started his journey on July 13, and has now completed more than 640 miles first on the John O’Groats Trail, and – after taking a two-day break to let his knee recover – is now in the Peak District.

Sam said:

“I chose to fundraise for SSAFA as I and the rest of the country are incredibly grateful for the efforts every single person in our Armed Forces puts in each day, and feel like I’d like to give something back, big or small.

“My dad served in the Marines for 24 years and mum served in the Signals Reserves for almost 36 years. My sister is currently with the REME Reserves and has just come back from Poland after a six-month tour. Also, my uncle served with the Navy and my grandad served in the SAS many years ago. 

“Along with that, I have friends that have served in various parts of the military. It is a cause close to my heart.”

Sam, who hopes to complete his solo and self-supported trek on September 21 – his birthday – concluded:

“The route I’m taking is around 1,200 miles, and my goal is to raise £1,200 for each charity, but the more I raise the better of course.”

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885; supporting the serving (including reservists), veterans and their families: ssafa.org.uk/

If you would like to support Sam in his fundraising journey, please donate here: justgiving.com/fundraising/samrculley1

You can also follow Sam’s entire journey on Instagram: @samrculley

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