Began 1st May 2019 – Completed 14th January 2020
In November 2018, we were just a family sitting in our tiny home in Sussex, wondering what on earth we could do to make our world a better place. Then, after five months of planning, we were just a family sat in an even tinier Morris Traveller campervan, travelling around the UK coastline living on a tenner a day, doing our best to make a difference, connecting with others who are doing the same and trying to encourage everyone to play their part.
It’s hard to say exactly when or where this all started, the seed was planted a long time ago, way back in a tangle of life experiences and a deep rooted desire for change. It’s rooted in the way I’ve been brought up to value caring about others, not as an afterthought but as a priority, in stories told and conversations had at our dinner table beneath a sign that says “it’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”.
This time we all looked around us at the world we’re living in – me at my generation and the future we face – and decided it was time to do something that really mattered.
I remember that winter as a time full of notepads filled with ideas and lists, moments where we felt like geniuses and moments where we felt like we’d reached the very depths of despair and frustration. Ideas would come up and rise and rise and rise like the excitement in our voices and then get torn down and repackaged and built upon.
Eventually Round The UK On A Tenner A Day was born. We chose to raise money for CatZero, a Hull based charity transforming a community and giving hope to anyone who wants to turn their lives around. They run programmes for young people, ex servicemen, long term unemployed and families and are giving people a future and a family. They also use the principles of sail training as part of their programmes and, as a sail trainee myself, I know the power that sailing has to change lives.
When you see the transformation CatZero creates in individual lives and in the entire community, it’s incredible and we wanted to do all we could to support them. So to kick-start our fundraising, we donated £6000 – everything we’d save by living on a tenner a day and the money from selling our car. We put everything into this challenge and then we hit the road. Everything you see on this website has been born from what happened next.
To find out more about the time we’ve spent travelling the coast of the UK and what we’ve experienced and learnt, you can check out our social media which we update daily with posts, photos and videos. Here are the links. We hope you continue to follow our journey.