In August 2017, I left London to start my journey by bike to Tokyo. I’ve travelled approximately 11,000 miles, or 17,700km through 12 countries over 15 months.
I’d been wanting to travel for a long time and a long cycle tour seemed the best way to soak up the vast treasures that the world had to offer. There have been some terribly tough times along the way but that’s all part of the fun when you look back on it.
The other reason for the adventure is to raise funds for two fantastic charities. The first is CLIC Sargent, a national charity which provides emotional, financial, and practical support to young people and children who have been diagnosed with cancer. My brother, who is now a member of CLIC Sargent’s board of trustees, was helped by the charity after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011, and I’m so grateful to them for the support they gave my family during this difficult time.
The second is Hope and Homes for Children, a brilliant organisation which aims to eradicate the institutional care of children. I had initially planned to raise money for an orphanage on my travels but after some research I discovered that orphanages are terrible places for children, even with the best of intentions and resources no one except a family can give those children the love and attention that they need.
So please spread the word and donate whatever you can to the cause using the link below, it’s split evenly between the two. I originally set a £5000 fundraising target, and I really hope to hit that, at least!