Hatfield man to walk the length of the country in support of night shelter
PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:32 21 November 2018
A Hatfield man is embarking on an 874-mile walk across Britain in aid of Hatfield Night Shelter.
In a bid to raise at least £1,000, Michael Jones’ journey starting at the end of December will take him from Land’s End to John O’Groats - entirely on foot.
And if he does reach his fundraising goal, there’s a twist - he’ll walk all the way back again.
Michael has done several lengthy charity walks, but this is his longest.
But when he sets out at the end of December this time, he’ll be walking the longest possible route in Britain, estimated by Google Maps to take around 11 days of nonstop walking.
“It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, and hopefully raise some money for a great cause,” he said.
He’s planning to stay in hostels and B&Bs, but is prepared with his sleeping bag to camp out if he doesn’t reach shelter by nightfall.
Michael has seen what life is like both as a rough sleeper, and as a volunteer at night shelter services.
Last year, he provided Hatfield Night Shelter with hours of his time volunteering on the overnight shifts.
“I’ve been on the streets, so I know what it’s like,” he said.
Michael is so tireless that on his last charity walk to Brighton he stopped off in London - to volunteer for a couple of hours at a homeless shelter.
For updates on Michael’s preparations, see his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/1529969773883872
You can donate to his fundraising efforts here: www.goldengiving.com/fundraising/michaeljones