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Roger’s incredible feet – 1,000-mile trek for Tearfund!

18 July 2013

Amazing Roger Colgate, 74, has completed an epic walk from John o'Groats to Land’s End which lasted from May to mid-July, raising money and awareness for Tearfund’s work with some of the poorest people on earth.


Roger, a member of All Hallows Church in Twickenham, decided to take on the 74-day challenge, describing it as a ‘pilgrimage’ across the country. His mammoth trek took him from the Highlands of Scotland, across the Lowlands, then following the Pennines, taking in the Cotswolds and crossing the Mendips to the final stop at Land’s End in Cornwall 11 weeks later – raising a fantastic £2,693 for Tearfund in the process.


He soldiered on through 30mph gales, hail, snow storms and a heatwave. He was serenaded by a bagpiper in Helmsdale... and fell out of bed thanks to a late-night fire alarm in a hostel in Edinburgh. Roger suffered a number of walking injuries including a stubbed toe and swollen foot from a severed tendon.


Rebecca Dyball, Tearfund Specialist Volunteer Manager, who kept in contact with Roger throughout his long journey, says, ‘Roger is an inspiration. Even through the challenges, he celebrated the choices he had and looked for every opportunity to share his story, talk about Tearfund and raise money to transform lives.’


There is still time to show your support for Roger. Visit his justgiving page to make a donation.


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‘Roger is an inspiration. He looked for every opportunity to share his story, talk about Tearfund and raise money to transform lives.’
Rebecca Dyball, Tearfund Specialist Volunteer Manager