Land’s End to John O’Groats Virtual Walk
Maddy, Emily and Bella here!
We hope you are all doing well and keeping safe. We cannot wait to reunite with you all and be back doing what we do best – competing in all that Cheshire YFC has to offer and partying, of course! On that note, please keep a keen eye out forour soon to be released Dairy Queen Ball reschedule date!
We were obviously extremely disappointed to have had to cancel our Ball that was originally due to be held back in May 2020, but this spurred us on to rack our brains and conjure up other means of fundraising. Lots of ideas were pinged back and forth on the group chat, some more popular than others, and eventually we decided upon a virtual walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, meaning we were set to walk 874 miles within a timeframe of just 70 days. This equated to over 4 miles each per day, but of course, we didn’t wait to bless ourselves with the summer months and decided to commence our walk with a rather chilly start on February 1st with everything from sleet, snow, rain and bitter cold nights. We are, however, currently 600 miles in and just under 3 weeks away from the finish line!
In all honesty, we have found this whole experience far more challenging that wecould have ever imagined and far underestimated the extent of walking miles and miles on our poor legs and feet! We all work full time and motivating ourselves to go post-work, in the dark, is not the easiest, especially coupled with the weather conditions we have faced. But we have always had one thing at the front of our minds and that is the amazing cause we are working so hard to raise funds for.
The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a voluntary organisation and charity that works tirelessly to support farmers and families within the rural community through all manner of issues. FCN’s helpline is open from 7am-11pm every day and is run by a group of amazing volunteers. Pre-COVID we were lucky enough tomeet with Vicki and Peter of FCN and since then, have been so inspired by their outstanding contributions to improving the lives of those within the rural community, especially surrounding some topics that are extremely close to each of our hearts. If you would like to donate to such a worthwhile cause, please head over to our Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dairyqueenteam .
You can keep up to date with our progress on our Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as on our Strava account. We are extremely grateful to each and every one of you who have sponsored and supported us throughout this journey so far – you are keeping us motivated each and every day.
Stay safe and take care.
With lots of love,
Maddy, Emily and Bella xxx