David Gardiner

David Gardiner

Mull of Galloway to Easter Head

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]Vicar’s Scotland Adventure[/b][/p][p][b]What am I doing?[/b][/p][p]As a vicar in the Church of England, it is a great privilege that we are offered the opportunity to take a sabbatical for personal development and renewal roughly every 10 years or so. I was ordained in 2008, so I have now reached the point where I’m taking a sabbatical this summer, the main element of which will be a journey from the Mull of Galloway (being the southernmost point on mainland Scotland) to Easter Head (being the northernmost point on mainland Scotland) by foot and cycle: a trip of roughly 570 miles.[/p][p]I’m really happy to be able to report that the lovely people at tentmeals.co.uk are supporting me with 40% off their breakfasts and main meals because I’m fundraising for charity. [/p][p][br][/p][p][b]What's it about?[/b][/p][p]The focus of the trip is the various types of journey we take. It includes visits to sites of significance to Christianity in Scotland: Whitby, where Christianity was first brought to Scotland across the Irish Sea; Glasgow and the cathedrals there; and of course the Abbey at Iona, a continuing site of pilgrimage. I will also be travelling along the Great Glen Way, the great rift in the geography of Scotland that runs from Fort William to Inverness and includes Ben Nevis and Loch Ness. One of my own ancestors used to minister to the communities along the length of this part of the route as an itinerant catechist, teaching the Christian faith to those who wished to explore it.[/p][p]There are other points of significance personally: family members along the way, and various places where they had lived or were otherwise significant to them. Some of the route sections are popular with secular long-distance leisure travellers: particularly the West Highland Way from Glasgow to Fort William, the first long-distance footpath opened in Scotland, in 1980. It is my intention to interview those I meet along the various elements of the route about their motivations and hopes in travelling long distances by foot and cycle.[/p][p]One of the last sections of the route is through a glen called Strathnaver, site of numerous small settlements destroyed in the Highland Clearances, with entire families and communities made to undertake a forced relocation to the new town of Bettyhill on the north coast. They went from being intensive hill farmers to a new way of life as fishers, and the town they were forced to move to was named after the wife of the Duke of Sutherland, whose decision it was to relocate the population because extensive sheep farming of the hills generated better returns. [/p][p][br][/p][p][b]How can you follow my trip?[/b][/p][p]I will be filming a video diary and keep this page and my own YouTube channel and Facebook page updated. While the main intention of the sabbatical is to do something adventurous that will challenge and energise me, visiting places of deep emotional importance to me, and giving me retreat time, I'm hopeful it can also inspire others to get outside and live life fully, even when it can feel intimidating.[/p]
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Supporters


Sep 3, 2021

Martin and Bridget Fox Holy Trinity

£50.00


Aug 30, 2021

Wendy Moppett

This is a donation from Wendy Moppett at Tutshill church. She is the Ride & Stride co-ordinator for the parish.

£10.00


Aug 25, 2021

Anonymous

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Aug 25, 2021

Hazel Hudd

Well done!

£10.00


Jul 9, 2021

Ryan Hall

Cheers. Been enjoying the pictures. I trust you take weird American money. Haha.

£15.00


Jul 5, 2021

The Cheshires


Jul 4, 2021

Andrew Hill

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Jul 3, 2021

Chris Sterry

A valiant effort. God bless.

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Jul 3, 2021

Lesley

Here’s a small donation to encourage you on your way

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Jun 9, 2021

Anonymous

Well done David!

£100.00

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