After years of planning, Hemel Hempstead born Luke Glynn was finally able to attempt his colossal fundraising challenge – to cycle 2000 miles in just 20 days.
Luke, 23, who grew up in Hemel Hempstead, was due to fundraise in 2020 before his bike was stolen just as he was preparing to go. Within six weeks, the nation was in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now two years later, Luke was at last able to set off on his fundraising quest. He began on Sunday, July 24 in Land’s End in Cornwall, before heading north to John O’Groats at the tip of Scotland. Luke is due to circle back and finish in his hometown on August 13 2022.
This date is of particular significance to Luke, as it would have been his sister Poppy’s 20th birthday.
Alongside his friends Liam Blundell and Olly Bagley, Luke is fundraising for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity, SANDS, which works to save babies’ lives and ensures that, when a baby dies, everyone affected gets the support and care they need.
Luke explained: “I really wanted to do something in Poppy’s memory. She would have been 20 this year, had she lived, so 2,000 miles in 20 days seemed a fitting target for the sister I had so very briefly.
“SANDS is very close to my family after the incredible support we received in 2002. Now, as a thank you, I want to give back as much as possible to this great cause. This will help SANDS in their work towards reducing the number of deaths per year, and to continue to provide crucial support to families suffering from bereavement following the loss of a baby.”
Luke guarantees that all donations received will go directly to SANDS and any costs incurred by him or his team will be self-funded and not come from any proceeds raised for the charity.
At the time of writing, Luke has already smashed past his target, raising over £3,000.
To donate, visit Luke’s Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/luke-glynn2000milesin20days