Derek’s scooter trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats raises £ 18,000
A steelworker in the North East showed his mettle by raising nearly Â£ 18,000 for charity as he went from Land’s End to John o’Groats on his scooter.
Derek Mitchell hopped in his Honda C90 last month for the titanic journey, which involved covering over 1,000 miles.
Derek, who lives in Aberdeen and works for John Lawrie Metals, set a goal of Â£ 5,000 when he took on the challenge.
But he more than tripled that tally, with a gain of Â£ 17,780.44 to be divided between North East Children’s Charity Charlie House and The Leanne Fund.
“We had the best time”
Derek said: âI’m so glad to have raised so much for these two amazing charities, we have decided to raise Â£ 5,000 so to end up with over Â£ 17,000 is just amazing.
âI can’t thank everyone who supported and donated enough to this challenge, we had the best time and I’m so happy that we are able to help improve the lives of those in need in some way. of another.
“I can’t thank my ‘support team’ enough for traveling with me and making sure we get through every leg of the journey.”
Money will “make a huge difference”
Donna Deans, Charlie House Fundraising Coordinator, added: âDerek is an amazing guy, everyone at Charlie House had so much fun taking on his challenge and are so happy he got such a great response from the general public.
âThe money will make a huge difference to the families we support. We really can’t thank him enough for everything he has done.
Charlie House supports babies, children and youth with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions and their families.
The charity is on track to hit 50% of the Â£ 8million target for its Big Build appeal.
The public fundraising campaign is raising money for a specialist support center being built on the grounds of Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen.
The state-of-the-art facility will feature eight bedrooms, with additional family accommodation, on four acres of land.
The Leanne Fund is regarded as Scotland’s premier CF charity, working with patients and families in the Highlands, Islands and Grampian.
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