Taking the long way home

17th May 2017

An intrepid adventurer from Devon is stepping out to walk the length of the country in memory of a friend who died from meningitis and to raise funds for us

Taking the long way home
Frank Synek, age 30 from South Molton, is taking on the 947 mile trek from Land’s End to John O’Groats. His epic walk started on 7 May.

Frank's aim is to complete the walk in four weeks and it will be a curtain-raiser for his main goal in September this year when he plans to climb Everest (Base Camp). He hopes his efforts will raise £3,900 towards our lifesaving and life-changing work with victims of the devastating disease and their families. Frank lost his good friend Tom Allen to meningitis in 2012, at the age of just 24.

Happy, fun and much-loved friend

“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.”

As if Frank’s challenge is not daunting enough the experienced charity fundraiser is planning to make it even harder by travelling alone and relying on the kindness of strangers.

“I will be travelling alone with only a rucksack and tent,” he said. “The challenge will be physically and mentally testing as it is but I plan on making it even tougher by not taking any money with me”.

Relying on people’s kindness

“This will mean I will have to rely on the kindness of the people I meet on the way and accept only what is donated to me and what I can forage on my trip, including food and water. I know my limits will be tested as I will be under-prepared and under-trained, but I plan to try my very best”.

“It’s important to me to carry out something very testing and challenging in Tom’s memory. I also feel that by taking on this challenge, it will define me better as a person. My hope is that with every challenge I take on, I will improve myself step by step and try to be the best person I can be. I will then be in a better position to help others more and more from horrible circumstances, like what happened to Tom.”

Please support Frank if you see him on his travels.

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Follow his progress on his Facebook page.