Early next year we are planning on undertaking our very own version of the infamous journey from John o’ Groats to Lands’ End, we will be going from John o’ Groats to Eden to raise funds for ‘Different Strokes’, a charity helping younger people who have survived a stroke. We will be using a rather unusual mode of transport, the “trusty” Piaggio Ape Classic three-wheeler aka “TUK TUK”. Let’s hope it does not break down too often!
A bit about the Charity - Different Strokes was created in 1996 by Younger stroke survivors for younger stroke survivors. They have the first-hand knowledge to help and support the realities of life after a stroke and offer help in recovery and rehabilitation. Different Strokes also provides a voice for survivor’s in Government, service providers and funders to fight for improved standards and a better understanding. This charity is especially close to our hearts as it supported one of our team when she suffered a stroke at the age of 30 whilst 8 month pregnant.
There are 100,000 strokes in the UK each year with 1 in 4 happening to someone of a working age or younger. So many people are affected by strokes therefore we would like to help raise awareness for stroke survivors and to offer our support to Different Strokes so that they can keep helping.
A bit about the vehicle – The ‘Tuk Tuk’ is the newest addition to the Hangloose fleet. It is a 450cc tricycle with a max speed of around 30mph. Our “mechanical genius” Toby is working hard to bring it to its former glory ready for its long journey of 919 miles! Hopefully the TUK TUK and the team will make it back home!