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Dedicated to a good cause


On 16 October 2018, a team of ShelterBox staff cheered Colin across the line in Land’s End at the end of his fundraising JOGLE.

Colin had set himself the challenge of walking from John O’ Groats all the way to Land’s End with a ShelterBox strapped to his back.

He had set off in June 2018, and his journey lasted 78 days in total. From extreme heat to shivering cold and pouring rain – Colin went through it all.

And despite going through some very hard times and having to stop and recover from an injury, he completed the journey in 78 days. In that time he covered an overall distance of 1,130 miles on foot, via the three peaks - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

Colin during his visit to our HQ in 2018

His journey provoked many remarkable moments of kindness and support along the way.

From the people who woke him with a bacon sandwich to send him on his way, to fellow Rotarians who turned out to wish him well. Colin says:

Rotarians came to my aid, giving me a meal,” said Colin, “carrying my gear onto the next stopping point or by giving me a bed for the night. Some even went on to carry out additional fundraising.

A lucky encounter


Perhaps the most notable encounter was with Chris Lewis, who spotted Colin walking past his house with his box on his back and popped out to ask what he was doing.

Bowled over by Colin’s efforts, Chris put up a post on Facebook, asking his followers to 'help make this great man go viral!'

Nearly 150,000 people obliged, and Colin finally went viral.

That was a major confidence boost for Colin, who, at the time, had been struggling with the challenge.

See the Facebook post

Thank you, Colin


Colin managed to raise a whopping amount of £25,000 for ShelterBox, helping us reach families all around the world.

Colin’s energy, dedication and determination are an example to us all, especially dealing with the setback of an injury.

His passion translates into helping families all around the world with the essentials after disaster or conflict strikes, and for that, we’ll be forever grateful.

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