Friends set off on 1000-mile UK journey without money or clothes

George Mahood and his friend Ben set off on a three-week journey from the bottom of England to the top of Scotland wearing nothing but a pair of Union Jack shorts. They didn’t have food, bikes or any money. The plan was to complete the 1,000 mile journey from Land’s End to John O’ Groats depending entirely on the kindness of strangers to provide them with accommodation, food, clothes, shoes, bikes and beer.

George and Ben eventually made it to Scotland and along the way, they met all kinds of generous people who provided them with the necessities to help them complete their journey. Their story appears in The Kindness of Strangers, a book of 25 stories from accomplished travelers and adventurers that tell of a time when a kind stranger came to their rescue when they were in need.

George says: “At every stage of our journey we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the people that we met, as they went out of their way to offer us food, accommodation, clothes, bikes, directions, beer or conversation. Britain is a melting pot of cultures, races and personalities, and this eclectic mix of characters should be embraced and celebrated. Britain is far from broken; it just needs a bit of love and affection.”

The Kindness of Strangers was put together by Fearghal O’Nuallain, a geography teacher and explorer from South London to raise money for Oxfam’s work with refugees. All proceeds from the book go directly to the charity.

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