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Jamie's cycle for Pied Piper

PUBLISHED: 02:56 03 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:27 20 February 2013

Jamie's cycle for Pied Piper

Jamie's cycle for Pied Piper

After being robbed in Vietnam, crashing in Laos and several run-ins with the Chinese police, Jamie McDonald is almost half way through a charity bicycle ride from Bangkok to Gloucester

Jamies cycle for Pied Piper

Jamie McDonald is cycling half way round the world for Pied Piper charity

After being robbed in Vietnam, crashing in Laos and several run-ins with the Chinese police, Jamie McDonald is almost half way through a charity bicycle ride from Bangkok to Gloucester.

The young Gloucester man is currently cycling the 10,000 miles from Bangkok to Gloucester via South East Asia, China, Kyrguzstan, Uzbekistan, Turmenistan, Iran, Turkey and then on the home stretch through Europe and into the UK.

His original route would have seen him cycle through Tibet and Pakistan, however this is now not possible due to visa issues.

Since setting off from Bangkok in January Jamies route home has not been an easy one along the way he has had to battle with the wear and tear that the thousands of miles are causing his bike which has often led to enlisting the help of locals.

Robbery has been almost commonplace throughout his trip so far, with money being stolen, his room was broken into and over-turned and most notably, he had to buy his own camera back in Vietnam after it was stolen. Also, I am a complete novice, just recently I cycled Gloucester to Bristol a mere 42 miles compared to the 10,000 miles I have ahead of me. Im a realist; I understand the pain and torture that will arise throughout the journey but I am hoping that the charity thats close to my heart will be my driving force to complete this mission whilst raising as much money as possible. Also, I am a complete novice, just recently I cycled Gloucester to Bristol a mere 42 miles compared to the 10,000 miles I have ahead of me. Im a realist; I understand the pain and torture that will arise throughout the journey but I am hoping that the charity thats close to my heart will be my driving force to complete this mission whilst raising as much money as possible. but this depends on time, visas and safety), Turkey and then the home stretch through Europe to the UK.
Also, I am a complete novice, just recently I cycled Gloucester to Bristol a mere 42 miles compared to the 10,000 miles I have ahead of me. Im a realist; I understand the pain and torture that will arise throughout the journey but I am hoping that the charity thats close to my heart will be my driving force to complete this mission whilst raising as much money as possible.

He has also had several accidents, the worst in Laos where he slid about 10 metres along a dirt track and sustained several deep grazes to his abdomen, arm and leg but he insists its all worth it for such a worthy cause.

Jamie took on the task in gratitude for the treatment he received at the Hospital throughout the first nine years of his life which were dogged with illness.

Having already cycled through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos he is currently making his way through China.

Jamie has managed to update his many supporters back home through his Facebook site, www.facebook.com/pages/Cycling-Bangkok-to-Gloucester/166707230102154 by uploading pictures and posting statuses about what he has seen and done and it really does show the good, the bad and the ugly of his journey.

Before leaving Bangkok, Jamie said: I am about to embark on one of the toughest, grueling and most daunting experiences of my life.

At first thought, having no previous cycling experience I started to think that this challenge would be too much for me to conquer.

I am a complete novice cyclist. Before coming out to Thailand I cycled from Gloucester to Bristol, a mere 42 miles which is nothing compared with the 10,000 miles that lie ahead.

I understand the pain and torture that lie ahead but I am hoping that this charity which is close to my heart will be my driving force to complete this mission and raise as much money as possible for needy children.

Having spent the first nine years of my life in and out of the Childrens Ward at Gloucester Royal Hospital, the Pied Piper Appeal really helped me get back on track.

I feel I have a real purpose behind the journey and thats to support sick children who are in need of our help.

There are thousands of sick children who pass through Gloucester Royal Hospital every year; these children need special equipment to improve their health and also need necessary teaching equipment to develop their learning skills.

The Pied Piper Appeal provides this essential equipment not only at Gloucester Royal but also supports our county in providing equipment for sick or disabled children around Gloucester.

The donations that I have been getting, along with the comments on my Facebook site, really help to spur me on and brighten up the darker days of my journey so thank you to everyone who has supported me so far, but there is a lot of work still to be done.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe theyll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, theyll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So its the most efficient way to donate I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

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