Stranraer Man Walks The Entire Southern Upland Way To Thank D&G Blood Bikes

James Henry from Stranraer set off last week from Cockburnspath to start his 212 mile walk of the Southern Upland way which will end in Portpatrick on Saturday 6th May. James is raising money for a local charity very close to his heart, the Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes

Jame’s told DGWGO “I will be sleeping rough the whole way, I am aiming to walk 26 1/2 miles a day meaning I should hopefully finish my walk in 8 days if all goes well.

James chose to tackle such a mammouth task as a way of raising money for a charity very close to his families hearts. His daughter Nicola was seriously ill and fought infection for 14 months, every week Dumfries and Galloway blood bikes voluntarily took her samples from Stranraer to Dumfries and onto Bristol.

James said “This fantastic local service is totally run by volunteers and survives because of charitable donations. Without the wonderful team at D&G blood Bikes helping us we do not know where we would be today.”
James Continued “As a way of saying thank you I am trying to raise as much money as I can to give something back and to be able to help other people who are in the situation we were in.

On Saturday James’ nephew David joined him to help him along, on Sunday James reached Pole Skeogh Bothy from Sanquhar, he has covered between 20 and 30 miles a day so far. Today May 2nd he headed to White Laggen, travelling through St Johns Dalry, He told us his – “Moral is good and the scenery is fantastic.”

The finish at Portpatrick

James’ daughter Nicola who was helped so much by the D&G Blood Bikes team when she was  ill will be joining her dad for last 7 1/2 miles of the walk, Coming into Portpatrick on Saturday 6th May 12.00pm, If you would like to be there to cheer them on that would be very much appreciated.


If you wish tyo donate to James’ just giving page to help raise much needed funds for D&G Blood bikes then please click HERE

James said “ I would like to thank everyone that donates or has already donated for their support.”  


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