Frank finishes epic walk

19th June 2017

Congratulations to our supporter Frank Synek, who has completed his epic trek from Land’s End to John O’Groats

Frank finishes epic walk

Those of you who have been following Frank’s progress the length of the country may not be surprised to hear he even ran the last 18 miles from Wick, having already walked 25 miles that day.

Frank’s friend Sarah told us: “It was amazing to be there to see him arrive at the John O’Groats signpost and to share in his joy at accomplishing his dream.”

The 1,000 mile walk took the 30-year-old from Devon 33 days in total and came to an end on the evening of Thursday 8 June.  What an amazing journey it has been for him. Frank set off with just his rucksack and tent and the determination not to spend any money on his walk.

He relied on donations of food and water and offers of accommodation for the nights when the weather was truly awful. There was masses of support for him with people going out of their way to bring him supplies and offer any help they could.

Messages of support

His walk Facebook page alone attracted 600 followers, all sending messages of support along the way. Every single offer of help and support made all the difference when times were low for him. So far he has raised a total of £2,895 for our ongoing work (£3,439 with gift aid) with hopefully still a few more donations to come. He’s also raised vital awareness of meningitis and the terrible impact the disease can have. Well done Frank – what you’ve achieved is amazing.

There’s still time to add to this total – if you’d like to support visit Frank's sponsorship page.

Frank was inspired to take on the challenge in memory of his good friend Tom Allen, who died from meningitis in 2012, at the age of just 24.

Taken too young

“Tom was always a happy, fun and much loved friend who was taken from us far too young,” Frank said. “He was working a shift one night in the pub and decided to go home as he had a headache. Sadly he never woke again. Meningitis was the cause of his tragic passing and in this case there were no visible signs of the illness. It was a terrible shock to everyone.”    

Sarah added:  “We’re incredibly proud of what Frank has achieved, not only physically and mentally but also for the charity and hopefully raising awareness of meningitis and the dreadful complications this disease can wreak.”

His fundraising will not stop here though as Base Camp Everest will be his next adventure in November.