Thumbs up to Juan for long distance hitch-hiking charity challenge

July 03 2016

SODBURY town councillor Juan Nuevo is preparing for the biggest challenge of his life when he attempts to hitch-hike the length of Britain twice.

Juan Nuevo

SODBURY town councillor Juan Nuevo is preparing for the biggest challenge of his life when he attempts to hitch-hike the length of Britain twice.
Juan plans to set off from his home in October to thumb lifts firstly to John O’Groats.
He will then look for kind drivers to take him back down the country to Land’s End before hitching back to Chipping Sodbury.
Juan, who reckons the distance covered will be more than 1,550 miles - in excess of 2,500 kilometres - will take on the gruelling journey largely unsupported.
He will take some food with him, just £50 and a mobile phone for emergencies only, estimating the challenge will take between five and seven days to complete.
He said: “I am well prepared. I’ll have my toiletries bag, sleeping bag and sleeping mat so I can sleep anywhere.”
Juan decided to take up the challenge to raise money for the charity Narcolepsy UK because he has suffered from the condition - as well as cataplexy - since a teenager.
Narcolepsy is a neurological condition that causes a person to suddenly fall asleep at inappropriate times because the brain cannot regulate sleeping and waking patterns normally.
Cataplexy is a temporary loss of muscle control, resulting in weakness and possible collapse, and is often the result of emotions such as laughter and anger.
Visit https://www.gofundme.com/hitchhikingend2end for more details about the trip and Juan’s fund raising efforts.