Weʼre raising £5,000 to help set up Repatriation Services Trust (REST) in honour of Tom Bassett. Cycling around the world. 25,000 miles / 28 Countries / 18 Months
- Chester, UK
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Three years ago, I had an idea. Wouldnt it be great to cycle around the world.
After three years of saving and planning, I set off from Chester. **Update** I am just about to leave Baku (Azerbaijan) for the toughest part of the trip through the Kazak and Uzbek desert. After two weeks and 1500km of that I have the small matter of another 1500km up and down the Pamir Highway, which at points rises to 4500 meters above sea level.
I will be cycling 25000 miles through 28 (for now 26) countries with the help of 6 flights and 3 ferrys to return to the UK 18 months later. The countries in order are;
United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistanu, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Portugal, Spain and France.
I have decided to raise £5000 for Repatriation Services Trust (REST) which has been set up in memory of Tom Bassett, a well loved colleague at my previous employment, who sadly died on holiday in Dubai in 2017. His family and friends are aiming to offer help and support to other families who find themselves in such unfortunate circumstances.
You never think when booking a holiday or flying out to a country abroad that tragedy might strike. Unfortunately, this happens everyday and it happened in May 2017 to the Bassett family. Tom Bassett, a well-loved, all-round amazing person was killed by a drunk driver when on holiday in Dubai. At 30 years old, Tom was a frequent traveller but fell victim to the treacherous roads in this city. The family received the devastating news early hours on the 6th May via a telephone call. A call that we all dread receiving, and never expect to get. Even though Tom had full travel insurance, the family soon realised that the pay out was not going to happen upfront. It would take weeks, months even. Yet the upfront repatriation costs were in the thousands, and that doesn't include additional costs of emergency flights to Dubai.
Losing a family member at anytime is difficult. Let alone when it happens hundreds of miles away, in a country with different laws and processes. The need to pay costs upfront means that if you do find yourself in this situation, your first option is to carry out a burial in the country in which the incident took place. An option that many would prefer not to choose, but have to due to financial constraints.
This is why I am supporting the Bassett family and friends in creating REST. If you ever find yourself in this devastating situation REST will come to your aid. The charity will provide guidance, support and financial aid to help you bring your loved one(s) home. REST is planning to help families across Wales but we will need your ongoing support. The soon to be charity is in its infancy. We will need a big surge of fundraising to get it off the ground so we can start offering services to families. When we are up and running we will also need continual fundraising support to have means to support those who desperately need our help.
Thank you for reading this story and thank you for any support you can provide. Every family we help will be in Tom's name. That's how we're building his legacy and making him a legend.
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Matt Booth2 hrs ago
So I leave Tashkent today, the capital of Uzbekistan with a 2 day climb and decent into Ferghana Valley and then onto the Kyrgyzstan border. Thank you for all the support so far. China in two weeks 🤞🏻🇨🇳
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JULIE L, WORK COLLEAGUE OF MUM
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Been following your journey! Keep going! Hope you’re well! Stay safe!
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enjoy and keep safe Matt
May 30, 2018
Hi Matt. Working my way thru the donation site! Penders.
May 29, 2018
Keep pedalling :)
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