I wanted to mark a year free of drug-resistant TB by setting myself a real physical challenge. By doing the legendary John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle ride, I was able to prove to myself and the world that I’ve really got TB beat. It was also the perfect opportunity to raise money for TB Alert.
I only had six weeks to train, but managed to do the ride in eight days, shaving four days off the average, which I was pretty pleased with. We were doing days of around 130 km in the sweltering heat – it was full on. But what a sense of achievement when we reached Land’s End!
This wasn’t my first fundraising effort for TB Alert. When I still had TB in 2012, I rowed the distance of the English channel in my local gym. So now, in total, I’ve now raised more than £5,000 for TB Alert – and I couldn’t think of a better charity to do it for.
In the last year, not only have I fully recovered, but I’ve even managed to fulfil my lifelong dream to train as a soldier. I’m going to be posted to Cyprus for three years. I’m already thinking about my next fundraising adventure!