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21 June | 2021

Darryl Does it! From Land’s End to John O’Groats!

Darryl Dixon from our Carnforth facility has successfully completed an incredible feat of cycling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats.

Cycling almost 1,000 miles over 6 days, Darryl has overcome some of the year’s most atrocious weather on his route, often being soaked to the skin.

Darryl cycled into John O’Groats on Friday evening, completing the gruelling journey in aid of Furness General Hospital and has so far raised a staggering £7,900 – 150% of the initial target amount! Darryl’s route took him through roads, paths, alongside canals, rivers and Lochs and some of the UK’s most stunning scenery and pushed him to the limit both physically and mentally.

With a thoroughly wet start to the trek, some tree-felling obstacles along the way and a cruel headwind for the last 45miles, Darryl’s resolve was tested to the limit. Buoyed by thousands of pounds in donations from friends, family and colleagues around the world, Darryl stuck it out and was joined along the way by friends and colleagues who rode with him and provided road support with food, clothing, medical back up and accommodation.

The current donation total stands at over £8,000 – cash that will be making its way to the NHS Bay Hospitals Charity on behalf of Furness General Hospital. Darryl said of the good cause, “This is to support our local NHS workers who continue to work so selflessly before and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. I can’t think of a more fitting organisation at this time.”

Upon completing his momentous journey, Darryl said: “Truly amazing! Although that head wind nearly finished me at the end! So pleased to have completed LEJOG in the 6 days. There were times when it could have ended. A great experience!”

There’s still time to donate to Darryl’s fund and you can do so here https://justgiving.com/fundraising/nhs-lejog2021

Darryl was sponsored by ICR Integrity Ltd, Bender UK, UK Slate and SN Group.