Keith Ogley, a member of Kettering & District Lions Club, found an unusual way to celebrate his 72nd birthday. He decided to take on the challenge of walking the 1,113 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats! He did this to raise funds for Lions Clubs International Charities and Cransley Hospice in Kettering which had cared for his late wife, Joan.
Despite several members of his own Lions Club expressing severe reservations due to the scale of the challenge, with the help of a small team from Kettering Lions detailed routes were planned, overnight accommodation sorted, some sponsorship gained and the necessary risk assessment completed.
It was clear that help would be needed from other sources and this was provided at various stages by Lions Clubs, friends and family. Seven Lions’ District Governors with Clubs near to Keith’s route were contacted and asked if they could provide support with transport and accommodation, where necessary. In true Lions fashion all responded positively! Some even invited Keith to Club meetings, made donations to his appeal and provided him with a good meal, hot bath or a bed!
Morpeth and Teesdale Lions Clubs even ensured he could celebrate his birthday with them!
Keith was also featured in District 105NE and 105M’s District Governor’s newsletters. If this has happened in other Districts please accept our apology for not mentioning you and send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org for our records.
When the route did not go near enough to a Lions Club members of Keith’s own family and friends stepped in to provide support and arranged an emotional surprise welcome at John O’Groats.
1st Vice District Governor 105M, John Gray, sends his most sincere and grateful thanks to all Lions Clubs and members for their efforts in support of the ‘End to End’ Charity Walk. Without your help and encouragement Lion Keith’s challenge would not have been completed on schedule – yes he actually finished on the day planned!
To date over £8,000 has been raised and you can still donate at:
Registered Charity No. 290870
Registered Charity No. 1151018