NAC CARES Virtual Challenge – We’ve Made It From Lands End to John O’Groats!
By Lauren Amphlett

We’re pleased to announce that the NAC CARES Team has successfully completed our virtual journey from Lands End to John O’Groats. Over the past few months, our team has walked, cycled, and run an incredible total of 1744km (1083.9 miles)! Starting on February 1st, World Aspergillosis Day, we set ourselves 100 days to complete the challenge, but, we completed it ahead of schedule, on May 12th, 5 days sooner than anticipated.

Our virtual expedition has been a grand tour of the UK, from the stunning cliffs of Lands End in Cornwall to the rugged shoreline of John O’Groats in Scotland. We virtually journeyed through England’s diverse landscape, passing through picturesque countryside, vibrant cities, and historic towns. From the iconic signpost at Lands End to the bustling streets of Bradford, the rich cultural heritage of Huddersfield, the dramatic landscapes of the Peak District National Park, the green spaces and cultural landmarks of Sheffield, and the legendary Sherwood Forest – each place a unique story in our broader narrative.

Crossing the border into Scotland, we continued our journey through the Scottish Highlands, with its breathtaking panoramas and rich history. We passed through the charming village of Fort Augustus, navigated around the famous Loch Ness, and made our way through the Cairngorms National Park, known for its diverse ecosystems, unique flora, and rare wildlife.

Our journey culminated at John O’Groats, traditionally acknowledged as the extreme northern point of mainland Britain, marking a triumphant conclusion to our endeavour.

But the importance of this journey extends far beyond the physical accomplishment. This effort was a symbol of unity, resilience, and determination, resonating with the values we uphold in our battle against fungal infections. We embarked on this challenge to raise much-needed funds and awareness for the Fungal Infection Trust, an organisation dedicated to advancing research, promoting awareness, and improving treatments for individuals affected by fungal infections.

We want to express our gratitude for all the support we have had throughout this journey. However, the fight against fungal infections doesn’t stop here.

If you have not yet made a contribution or if you feel moved to give more, please do so via our fundraising page:

Thank you for your part in this journey and for standing alongside us in this vital cause. We celebrate the difference we’ve made together and anticipate the positive impacts we will continue to make in the future!