Epic trek raises thousands for charity

July 31 2017

A local councillor and Lions Club President has completed an epic journey from Old Sodbury to John O’Groats and back via Lands End, raising almost £5000 for charity.

A local councillor and Lions Club President has completed an epic journey from Old Sodbury to John O’Groats and back via Lands End, raising almost £5000 for charity.

Juan Nuevo, who has suffered from Narcolepsy since the age of 14 decided to raise money for Narcolepsy UK and LCIF One Life One Shot vaccination programme by hitchhiking 2500km with no food or money and just his mobile phone to help with navigation.  

Juan set off on the 26 May and reached his first target destination in a matter of days. His journey from John O’Groats in Scotland proved to be slightly more problematic with a day spent in Perth trying to fix his mobile phone, a thoroughly miserable overnight sleepover at Glasgow Bus Station and an unscheduled stop in Stirling when he was unable to find a lift after hitchhiking for two and a half days. 

Juan said; “I have met people from all walks of life, but often spent great spells of the trip by myself.  I found the hardest part of the challenge to be the loneliness and camping on my own but this was balanced by the really lovely people I met along the way - travellers, young people and members of the armed forces all picked me up,”

One of Juan’s favourite moments of his trip was when he was picked up at Wick by the Queen’s milkman to deliver her daily two pints at Balmoral Castle and then get transported to John O’Groats and then back to Wick. 

The End2End Challenge was completed when a lift from Exeter resulted in Juan being dropped off in Old Sodbury at the exact spot from which he started.