Richard Munn travelled the length of the country on his 1960 Lambretta scooter in just over 24 hours last weekend to raise funds for charity.
Richard, known as Mungo, was 35 minutes over his target time but has soared past his fund-raising target of £2,500. He thinks he might have raised about £6,000.
Friends, family and people he doesn’t know, including other scooter riders who heard about the challenge, have contributed to the total.
The money will be going to the Friends of Sussex Hospices in memory of his mother who lost her fight against cancer in 2010. Richard started his ride from John O’Groats to Lands End on Saturday which was the anniversary of her death.
He said on his JustGiving page: “The last weeks of her life were spent in the care of a local hospice whose dedication to care and support for the whole family was unsurpassable, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I want to take this opportunity to give a little back.”
Richard, 44, a married father of three who lives in Selby Road, Uckfield, said the scooter which he has owned and maintained for 18 years completed the journey without a hiccup but once it got home it wouldn’t start again.
“It will only be something small but of course it needs a rest,” he said.
He said the journey was painfully hard work but having started in good weather in Scotland he and a friend, who joined him for the last 100 miles, finished like drowned rats after 14 hours of torrential rain.
Arrival at Lands End was disappointing because nobody was there from the ‘end to end society’ to record the achievement and the signpost Richard needed to be pictured beside was guarded by a professional photographer who wouldn’t let him near to take his own pictures.
Would he do it again? Richard said yes if he could raise some more money. “I would get back on the scooter tomorrow and ride back to John O’Groats if I could. It was a long ride but the scenery was fantastic.”
Two friends made the challenge possible, Ian (Flee) Fuller and his partner Tracey Tilford, who provided support on the route and drove the van which transported Richard and his scooter to John O’Groats and then back home from Lands End.
Kathy Gore, chair of the Friends of Sussex Hospices said: “On behalf of Friends of Sussex Hospices I would like to say how grateful we are to Mungo and his support team for completing this challenge to raise money for our hospices.
“What Mungo says about St Wilfrid’s and the wonderful care and support they gave to his mum, Pauline, and the family can be applied to all of our hospices.
“Compassionate care, for terminally ill patients and their loved ones, is at the heart of everything hospices do.”
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