Fundraising legend ‘Speedo Mick’ walks from John O’Groats to Land’s End in ‘final charity challenge’

You’re an absolute inspiration, Mick, now have a good old rest and enjoy that beans on toast.

There are not enough superlatives in the world for this man.

‘Speedo Mick’ has officially completed his final charity challenge, and walked almost 1000 miles in the process.

The Liverpool fundraising legend announced over the weekend that he had finished his journey, walking all the way from John O’Groat’s in Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall in his huge fundraising challenge.

The famous fundraiser, who became a household name for swimming the English Channel in 2014 and numerous other impressive feats over the last decade, finished his 1,000-mile walk on Saturday, 29 April, summiting the likes of Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in all manner of conditions on his way.

Real name Michael Cullen, Speedo Mick gained the amusingly modest moniker for carrying out all of his charity efforts in nothing but a tight pair of swimming trunks, but make no mistake, there is nothing modest about the things this man has achieved.

Arriving in Land’s End this weekend following his epic four-month trek to walk the length of the UK, the proud Scouser and lifelong Everton fan (hence the choice of shorts) shared a resouding message of relief and gratitude on social media, confirming his journey had finally come to an end.

As if this individual feast wasn’t enough, when totting up all of his other fundraising efforts throughout the past 10 years, Speedo Mick has raised more than £1 million for charity, including over £220,000 for mental health organisations not just around the North West but the UK and Ireland at large.

Mick began his remarkable voyage after he began struggling with his own mental health some time ago, with his last walk seeing him cover more than 2,500 miles and raising £200k in one go. Utterly immense.

As explained in the description on his fundraising page, the 58-year-old has raised a ridiculous amount for various important causes, including mental health, food drives, disadvantaged young people and homelessness — all of which factored into The SpeedoMike Foundation, which he set up in June 2020.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast on the day he reached Land’s End, the mighty Speedo Mick explained how motivation came from nothing else other than wanting to give back, explaining how he “needed that support myself a long time ago and [has] never looked back since.”

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Speedo Mick has put in some serious graft over the past seven years, in particular, raising truly life-saving sums to combat mental health and suicide prevention, but as he explained when he began this walk (in freezing cold December, no less), he will now “be hanging up my Blue knickers for ever more.”

Joking that he’s “no spring chicken”, his first words after reaching his final destination were: “I’m freezing cold, but I’m excited to see all of my family. I just want to see my own bed and to have some beans on toast.” We’d say he’s earned it, wouldn’t you?

You can donate to his GoFundMe HERE and help him take his amazing tally even further.

You’re an absolute inspiration, Mick, now have a good old rest and enjoy that beans on toast.

Featured Image — Speedo Mick (via Twitter)

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