On Friday April 15th, 57-year-old Chris Cottam from Wokingham, Berkshire begins his epic 1000 mile walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise funds for three charities; Cure Leukaemia, Breast Cancer UK and the Holt School in Wokingham.
For most the standard walk would be a serious challenge however Chris has decided to make it ‘BIG’ by adding climbs of the three highest peaks in the UK; Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon to his route.
Chris has received great video messages of support from cricketing legends Sir Ian Botham, Ian Bell MBE and Jonathan Trott. He’s also had encouragement from Cure Leukaemia funded specialist research nurse Kate Arthur and current 19-year-old blood cancer patient Jaymz Goodman who will directly benefit for the funds raised for Cure Leukaemia. Watch the video below:
Chris’ wife Hazel has successfully battled breast cancer twice hence his support of the UK’s leading Breast Cancer prevention charity Breast Cancer UK. Chris has lost a number of family, friends and associates to blood cancer culminating in the passing of his sister-in-law Ruxi last year so he has chosen to fundraise for Cure Leukaemia. As a Governor of the Holt School Chris is keen to help the school build a new sixth form centre hence the support for their charitable trust.
Chris, who lives in the village of Winnersh said: “I am filled with both excitement and trepidation at this stage but ultimately I am looking forward to starting this challenge. There has been months of preparation, training and fundraising and in some ways I will be relieved to get walking! I’d like to thank everyone who has donated and shown support already and whilst I know this is going to be incredibly tough it will be the knowledge that I am doing it for three wonderful causes that will keep me going.”
He continued, “I am really keen to not only boost donations but also to encourage people to join me for the days I am taking on the three peaks so if anyone would like to join me for Ben Nevis on May 1st, Scafell Pike on May 15th or Snowdon on May 29th I’d really appreciate some company! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join me.”
Speaking about Chris’s challenge, CEO of Cure Leukaemia James McLaughlin said, “After meeting Chris I was struck by his determination to not only take on this epic challenge but also raise significant funds for his chosen causes. Given the personal experiences he has had with blood cancer I am sure his story will strike a chord with the public. Every penny Chris raises for Cure Leukaemia will go towards helping people who are battling this terrible disease every day, these funds will help save lives.”
To donate to Chris’ cause go to www.ChrisBigJogle.com. On this website Chris will also have a tracker so you can see where in the country he currently is and will be publishing daily blogs with photos throughout the challenge.
When Chris starts his challenge you will be able to track his progress using this GPS map below: