GTC member John Barrow's epic walk from Land's End to John O'Groats has begun!

Chasing Snails – from Land's End to John O'Groats

GTC member John Barrow is undertaking a feat that even he describes as “a bit daft” by walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of The Film and Television Charity, MIND and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Inspired by the now legendary Colonel Tom Moore, John aims to highlight the particular issues facing people in our industry whose life blood is covering sporting and other public events, given that there haven’t been any events recently and many of those planned in 2020 won’t happen at all, even after lockdown ends.

John commented:

"Covid-19 has hit the media and entertainment industry hard – very hard; freelance workers and the self-employed are hurting and I have many friends and colleagues who are extremely worried; be it financial pressure or the mental strain on families and individuals, there are a lot of conscientious and hardworking people who, through no fault of their own, are having to face up to unprecedented issues, often with little or no support."

While John has a goal to raise money for the charities, what he also really wants is for people to come out and support each other – to recognise that they are not alone in this crisis and that by talking to each other they may make a real difference to someone's life. This is one of the key messages recently proposed in the new GTC Mental Health Supplement, so it is particularly inspiring to see GTC member John leading by this extraordinary example! We really hope many fellow members and industry colleagues will be able to join John for a few miles when he is passing through your area.

Setting off from Land's End

John set off on Sunday 12 July from Land’s End and was joined for the first few miles by GTC Welfare Officer Chris Yacoubian, who also took photos to mark this stage of the walk.

John aims to reach John O’Groats in around 72 days – but, as he himself points out, this is not a race or a definite target, he will get there in the end! He would love GTC members to join him en-route; his daughters will be maintaining a Facebook page with his progress and also plans for the next few days' walking. If you see that he is nearby, he will be very grateful for the company, maybe a piece of flapjack and even to borrow some power to charge his tablet and phone!

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Good luck John, we are all willing you on!


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