August 9th – 15th
Lands End to John O’Groats by public bus
Members of Mothers’ Union from all over Great Britain planned a Mothers’ Union meeting with a difference for August 2012.
It began on August 9th, as members travelled from Land’s End to John O’Groats using only local, timetabled public buses to make their journey. Finishing on August 15th, the event was held to highlight the work Mothers’ Union does across the world, particularly the work of the charity’s Community Development Coordinators, who frequently travel great distances to access isolated families and communities to bring training and advice.
Lots of Mothers’ Union members checked out our route [make link] and came to support the core relay team as the bus travelled through their area. Margaret Beringer, Central Unit Coordinator (Fundraising and Communications), was at Lands’ End for the start and travelled as far as Exeter on the first day and Rosemary Kempsell, Worldwide President joined on day six as she travelled from Aberdeen to Inverness. Members representatives Jeanette Appleton, Linda Brownlies, Mary Thorpe, Lynn Tebbs and Helen Williams with Hilary Moran Provinical President of Scotland undertook to travel the full distance as a relay team. You can now read the log book that they wrote during the seven days or watch a short video of the journey. Also now available is the official ‘Mothers’ Union on the Move’ book which combines elements of the log book and a large selection of photographs, plus new insights and anecdotes from the team as they travelled on the bus.
We are immensely grateful to our sponsors Stagecoach, Western Greyhound, First UK Bus company, Arriva Midlands and Arriva North West [make all links) for providing complimentary travel passes on their sections of the route for the core team of two people. Thanks also to Virgin Rail, CrossCountry and London Midland for providing travel passes to enable core team members to travel to their starting points and return from their finishing points. And Telefonica UK O2 for providing a mobile phone, so that we can keep in touch along the route and just in case there is an emergency.