Choir members may already know that Guy Turner is undertaking a major walking challenge in the summer and autumn of 2022. Beginning in late July and ending in early October, he will be walking solo from Lands End to John O’Groats.

He will be meeting all the costs of the trip himself, and seeking sponsorship to raise money for Bingham and District Choral Society and three other charities:

Awards for Young Musicians – supporting talented young musicians from low-income families throughout the UK. (Guy’s daughters is AYM’s Operations and Communications Director.)

Framework, the Charity supporting homeless and vulnerable people throughout the East Midlands.

Southwell Minster, specifically for the development of the Minster’s outdoor spaces in line with its role as an Eco-Cathedral

His initial target is to raise at total of £10,000, £2500 for each charity, though he hopes that the final total will be a lot more. Sponsors will be able to choose which charity or charities they support.

When asked about this challenge Guy said, ‘I watch a lot of TV quizzes (and work for some of them as a question writer and checker) and the question master often asks ‘What would you do if you won the jackpot?’ One day I asked myself that question and straight away I realised I would like to walk Land’s End to John O’Groats. In fact, I found a reference in my 1971 diary to wanting to do this! Now is the time. Coupled with this desire is the opportunity to raise money for the Minster and Bingham Choral, as  well as two other charities close to my heart. ‘

Guy is already attracting a lot of interest in his project. Listen here to his interview with Mark Dennison on Radio Nottingham on 4th January 2022.

From January 27th (6 months before the walk starts) Guy will be putting updates about the project on his website, and you can find out more about his plans (and how to sponsor him) on http://guyturner.co.uk/lands-end-to-john-ogroats/ . If you know anyone who might be able to provide accommodation along the way, the details of the route, and how to contact him, are already on the website.