874-mile chal­lenge to boost char­i­ties

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Two causes for char­i­ties thou­sands of miles apart are spurring a cy­clist on in his mam­moth chal­lenge.

Pa­trick Scott-gra­ham from Bath is tak­ing on the 874 mile ride from John O’groats to Land’s End to raise money for Ju­lian House, help­ing those where he’s from and Five Ways House in Hualien, Tai­wan where he lives and works now. Hav­ing set off from the tip of Scot­land on Au­gust 27, he hopes to reach the Cor­nish coast on Wed­nes­day or Thurs­day this week. Pa­trick is riding on his own but has picked up fel­low cy­clists along the way for com­pany and sup­port and help when he’s got lost. The cho­sen char­i­ties both help marginalised and dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple and all money raised will to the two causes. Pa­trick said: “The money raised will be shared equally be­tween the two char­i­ties. It will not be spent on bike re­pairs, ac­com­mo­da­tion, en­ergy bars, ba­nanas, deep-fried Mars bars, Cor­nish pasties or any­thing else re­lated to my trip.” Hav­ing used Ju­lian House’s bike workshop on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions which he calls a “real gem”, Pa­trick says it is a “very per­sonal rea­son to sup­port their work”. He has been liv­ing in Tai­wan, teach­ing English for the past seven years near the Five Ways House, which like Ju­lian House, pro­vides young peo­ple with op­por­tu­ni­ties to develop skills for use in later life. Pa­trick set him­self a tar­get of £750 and says sup­port­ing the char­i­ties has spurred him on through the darker mo­ments. He said: “It’s been a tough trip but fun. I had never re­ally ex­plored Scot­land be­fore so that has been a real plea­sure. Peo­ple are very friendly there and the land is beau­ti­ful. Many peo­ple have stopped me and asked me where I’m go­ing, and if I’m rais­ing for char­ity. I have been very glad to take a break from my soli­tary ped­alling and talk with them. A par­tic­u­larly friendly Scot­tish woman I met in a high­land town do­nated money to me on the spot when I told her what I was do­ing.” He ad­mits it has been tough: “I’ve had a few rainy days; a num­ber of prob­lems with var­i­ous parts of my dad’s 25-year-old bike; long days with bouts of lone­li­ness; frus­tra­tion early in my trip at re­al­is­ing I’m riding into the pre­vail­ing wind by riding north to south and mul­ti­ple in­stances of getting lost and feel­ing like I’m go­ing around in cir­cles! “The fundrais­ing as­pect has added an ex­tra di­men­sion to make this trip have a pos­i­tive im­pact on oth­ers’ lives as well as my own. “I hope by spread­ing the word about my trip, I might mo­ti­vate other peo­ple to try out their own adventure and think of ways they might cre­ate a pos­i­tive im­pact on oth­ers through their en­deav­ours.” To do­nate to Pa­trick’s ef­forts, go to www.justgiv­ing.com/crowd­fund­ing/pa­trick-s-g

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