A cheeky fundraiser for the Institute of Cancer Research has far exceeded his donations target, in his bid to travel around Britain stopping at towns and places with silly or rude names.
The ‘From Shitterton to Twatt – the Moronic Mopen Marathon’ challenge has been launched by fundraiser Paul Taylor, who is to ride around 1,800 miles in memory of his friend Alexis Leventis, who lost his life to cancer last year at the age of 55.
All proceeds will go to the Institute of Cancer Research.
Taylor had initially looked to raise £1,800, but the figure now stands at just under £15,000 and is rising steadily, following national media coverage for his fundraiser.
His journey will start in Shitterton in Dorset this month, taking in Happy Bottom Nature Reserve, The Know, Titty-Ho, Slack Bottom Road and Booze along the way.
Other places he will visit include Pity Me, Wallyford Brawl, before visiting Twatt in the Orkney Isles.
“I was sick of cancer taking the lives of so many wonderful people and felt I had to do something to help beat this awful disease,” said Taylor on his JustGiving page.
“I thought this trip was a suitably ridiculous place to start and as Alexis was a motorcyclist as well as a car nut; two wheels was not only appropriate but made it more of a adventure!
“I talked about my plans for this trip with him and he thought it was funny and a bit mad, I think he would be surprised I was actually daft enough to go through with it!
He added: “All proceeds go to The Institute of Cancer Research, who together with their hospital partner The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust are rated as one of the most important cancer research and treatment centres in the world.
“The ICR has been around for over 100 years and are responsible for many of the discoveries that have revolutionised cancer treatments, and have discovered more new cancer drugs than any other academic centre in the world.”