My Travel Arrangements Are Nearly Sorted

Its been a rollercoaster ride the past few months ups ,downs ,worries ,stress ,elation and now finally , excitement because if it was not for kind and generous donations from a lot of people of whom I have not met in person but because they are of like minded interests like myself,  they understand how very important this is to me and they also know how passionate I am . My deepest thanks for all their amazing patience and support the last few months..Yes and yes again ,I am indeed repeating myself because this is an opportunity of a life time  and although I have my flights, accomodation ,insurance and visa covered I still have to leave a few euro s for me family and no I dont think I am being greedy at all because my target 1500 euro included leaving a few euros for my family so if you could throw in a few euro hopefully youll click on this and Gofundme or alternatively I have a PayPal account which I will provide on request It seems that everyone is ignoring my tweets ,facebook,linkdin lol and the rest …I am 175euro short of my final target ..and I just cant give up after coming this far right???

So my apologies if it seems like I am spamming my social media pages I am just excited and really ,yes maybe over zealous but in honesty.. if I had not done what I have done I would not be going to China in 2 weeks time woo hoo! saying it loud makes it even sooner..thank you so much for all of your amazing support especially Mark Pattenden ,Simon, Warren ,Frikkie, Kimberely, Brad ,Amy ,Chris, Nicola ,Mel and the list goes on..and…on



A few weeks left China on the horizon


Exciting times ahead..just under 24 days until I fly out to China and realise a dream,experience a different way of life and a different culture no matter how brief it will definitely interesting and learning experience. No matter what comes or goes this is going to happen and this is down to a lot of very generous, honest people to whom I owe a debt of gratitude and I am sure if I was in a position to help I would definitely do the  same for anyone as well..

I have worked tirelessly on this campaign and a lot of you I am sure are probably tired of my unrelenting campaign efforts. Just in case you’re not  aware of my campaign Heres my link and  My link to The Greatwallmarathon.

Everything I have achieved so far is due to dedication, passion and all of your support it means more than you can possibly imagine. I uploaded a video yesterday to express my gratitude and ask for your continued support I’m still shy few €100 to cover accommodation costs and travel and if you read this Mark Pattenden I thank you for giving me an incentive to get to China surely a pint or three is incentive enough 😂😂.

Have you ever wanted something so bad..!!?

The past few months have been busy and even though I am still seeking work it feels like I’m employed full time..If you read this blog about my journey you already know that I have a funding campaign “The Link”😂 I am excited now that I’m at the final hurdle which is applying for my visa and importantly trying to reach my target which is still €300-400 short *wink wink* lets get me to my incredible destination thanks to all your wonderful support I’m 3/4 of the way to 🇨🇳 and this is the final push to get to A place of ancient history and wonder.

Also please don’t check out Mark Pattendens justgiving page on @disco_man on Twitter or on Facebook Mark Pattenden first amputee to attempt Thegreatwall in China.

My Pride and Joy ambassador tshirt for next year.

My campaign so far

I am still in shock as to how many people have in some how impacted on my up and coming trip to China… I am really excited ..I might say that again..I am really excited:) Now to obtain relevant documentation for my visa and then I can breathe a little easier. I guess I’m not used to how things are processed in China it can be really frustrating and slow. I am an ex soldier and time keeping is something that I’m a stickler being anxious is an under statement.Hopefully things will be sorted by Monday at the latest..

On another note all of you great people that have helped me get this far and hopefully further thank you so much this is truly happening and I am still in shock at the generosity of every one especially friends that I haven’t seen in a while and I mean easily close on 20 years or more??!! I am truly overwhelmed with emotion this could be something to start me on a new career path.. If I could travel and promote marathons for a living I would gladly do it, this is where passion lies and how bad would it be if I could make a living promoting marathons all over the world?? Wow getting paid to do something that I really understand and respect..

I believe I can do anything because without self belief nothing is possible and impossible is nothing . The greatest I have learned from campaigning and running is….never give up if you fail ..try again the only way to learn is trial and error. A good friend taught me that thank you Simon and every one for believing in me when others would’ve given up on me..Heres a link to my donation page please feel free to peruse my campaign and see what I am about


I think my folks would be proud of me..?

When I was a young lad all I ever wanted to do when I grew up was be an aircraft designer. It seems like such a long time At this moment in time all I want to do is get to China never have I had such drive then right now at this precise moment…all I can say when I put up my my link you see.. no effort when its an opportunity that only comes around once in a lifetime.

I was heading home after putting my x on the voting sheet , reflecting and thinking back to what mom and dad used to tell me. To be honest, had a lump in my throat because mom would always stand by me and say “if you believe you can do something, then you will, don’t let anyone tell you different” Dad would’ve been more cautious and always think safety first and be the responsible one..Dad would go with his head first and heart last .. I on the other hand am like my mother and wear my heart on my sleeve. So that’s why I am so passionate about going to China and touching an amazing part of Asian History .

Growing up without a lot of things taught me the meaning of appreciation and this is one of those times… If being unemployed has taught me anything its that even though things are grim , it doesn’t matter when there is hope. I am very fortunate to be in a fairly positive place in my life at this moment in time..and really thankful to a lot of people friends and family that believe in me and what I am capable of doing and becoming. Also think that me Mom and Dad would really be proud of me.. Quite an odd feeling knowing that even they aren’t amongst the living they still have a hold on me..fb_img_1450446211613.jpg

I guess just want to thank everyone who has been supportive with donating to my fund to those that have given me the motivation and given me positive feedback and most of all Mom and Dad if you are reading this up in heaven thank you for being amazing role models despite the other stuff you were brilliant parents..

Incentive to put up charity blog to fund my ambition and to finally feel like a person again.

I was pondering this the whole of today and yesterday. The reason I am driven is because I want to prove that even though my self esteem was at an all time low, life being unemployed tough and everything that I have done seemed to be for nowt. There is always hope, opportunity and good people who believe in me.. In August last year when I was chosen as ambassador I was scared of the how’s and what ifs now I’m impatient for my passport to arrive so that I can book my flights, yes amazing who would have thought that little ole me could do something so exciting at 41 years of age??

If it wasn’t for very supportive friends and people helping me with options I don’t think I would be where I am now, honestly wouldn’t have put up a fund me campiagn but yes it had to be done.
I dislike begging, I would prefer to ask for help in the form of a small donation anything at all to help me with food and place to stay whilst over in China. Any donation will be accepted with the greatest appreciation. <a href=";please feel to Donate if you are a business you will be able to claim it all back thank you.


Time is ticking by please help me full fill a life long dream..

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