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Updated on Jul 3rd 2012 at 6:32 PM from the JustGiving API

You may notice that our page has gone up by £500 - this is due to an incredibly generous donation from Mrs Anne Redston, which she gave straight to Butterfly Conservation towards our cause :) wow!!!! :)

Updated on Jul 3rd 2012 at 6:28 PM from the JustGiving API

You may notice that our page has gone up by £500 - this is due to an incredibly generous donation from Mrs Anne Redston, which she gave straight to Butterfly Conservation towards our cause :) wow!!!! :)

Updated on Jun 27th 2012 at 5:29 PM from the JustGiving API

WE'RE HALFWAY!

Updated on Jun 21st 2012 at 11:11 PM from the JustGiving API

In a Premier Inn in Warrington. It's pouring down outside!!

Updated on Jun 5th 2012 at 7:58 PM from the JustGiving API

We're in Wales!!!! :)

Updated on Jun 4th 2012 at 9:04 PM from the JustGiving API

Was a really long and tough day today, got serious shin pain and having to limp through it. HOWEVER - I have the best mum in the world who joined us at a campsite last night, provided dinner, brekkie and lunch, ferried our bags to today's destination and has just put us up in a guest house for the night! Amazing Ma! Was lovely to see you :) thanks also to Sue for the fab company and for putting up with walking miles and miles in the rain with us :) x

Updated on Jun 3rd 2012 at 1:53 PM from the JustGiving API

Just leaving Weston-super-Mare! Heading for Bristol :)

Updated on May 30th 2012 at 6:23 PM from the JustGiving API

Just hit Bridgewater and took our shoes off. Yuck! Feels weird to be in a town, to be honest I can't wait to get out again. The shops have security alarms that buzz when you walk in, no-one says hello, and no nature of any kind except pigeons...

Updated on May 27th 2012 at 6:19 PM from the JustGiving API

Made it to Somerset yesterday!! Just booked into a youth hostel in Exmoor :)

Updated on May 17th 2012 at 10:16 PM from the JustGiving API

We made it to St Blazey yesterday, that's about 58 miles walked so far :) proud of ourselves! But there's a long way to go yet...!

RIGHT!!!!
After a short delay due to an ill-timed injury, Sami's ankle is now heaps better and we're desperate to hit the road!
So for anyone who would like to see us off on our Epic Honeymoon Walk for Butterfly Conservation, we will be at the Land's End signpost at 10am tomorrow, the 12th of May. We'd love for people to see us off and cheer us on our way :)

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Only 8 days to go and we'll be married!! 2 days after that, we'll be starting the long walk north... Who's going to be at Land's End on the 7th of May to see us off? There will be confetti :)

Updated on Mar 26th 2012 at 6:49 PM from the JustGiving API

What an amazing total, and we haven't even taken one step yet! The walk is getting really close, and we're both getting very excited... :)

Updated on Jan 13th 2012 at 1:44 PM from the JustGiving API

Thanks to everyone who have helped us to raise such a fantastic amount already! Keep it coming! :)

Thanks for taking the time to visit our JustGiving page!

OK folks, so here's the deal.

Sami and Seth are getting married in May this year (and about time too, as Sami will tell anybody that'll listen!) In celebration of becoming Mr and Mrs Gibson we're undertaking a bit of a joint childhood ambition...walking from Land's End in Cornwall all the way to John O' Groats way up at the top of Scotland. Adventures, quiet backwaters, tranquil pathways, country pubs and majestic mountain ranges beckon!

Our walk will encompass many different terrains, from clifftop paths and lowland woodlands through to mountain passes and the ancient Caledonian forest. We shall endure the fearsome Scottish Midge, inclement weather, sleeping in a tent for over two months....and each other! We are carrying our belongings on our backs, camping and roughing it wherever we can. Land's End to John O'Groats completely unsupported...bring it on!!!

In an attempt to add something other than blisters and memories to our epic walk, we shall be raising as much money as possible for Butterfly Conservation, Britains ONLY charity dedicated to protecting our unique butterfly and moth populations and the habitats they rely upon. In 2010 we attempted to see all of Britain's butterfly species, being defeated only by the elusive Mountain Ringlet, denizen of high, barren mountain-tops and the Clouded Yellow, a migrant species which occurs here in varying numbers each year. We bagged all of the other 56 though, which is more than many UK butterfly enthusiasts see in a lifetime!

During our 2010 ButterflyBlitz attempt we were repeatedly dismayed by the fragility of many of the sites we visited - some really are no larger than a football pitch and many are under a constant threat of 'development'. At the same time, we were consistently amazed at the sheer wealth of butterfly and other insect life we found on many of the nature reserves we visited, some owned or managed by Butterfly Conservation. Without the continuing support of Butterfly Conservation, many fragile sites and the species communities they support will, quite simply, disappear.

In the last decade almost three quarters of our butterfly species have suffered population declines. So what, you ask? Are butterflies really that important? Well, yes, we believe so! Our butterflies are an obvious and important part of our ecosystem, which is to say that if butterfly numbers are healthy, so is our countryside. And yet three quarters are in decline. Something urgently needs to be done. We are doing our little bit, this is now your opportunity to help make a difference too.

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Butterfly Conservation is a charity registered in England & Wales (254937) and in Scotland (SC039268).

This event is raising funds for Butterfly Conservation. Butterfly Conservation is very grateful for this support and delighted to accept the proceeds, but is not liable for this event.

Raising money for

Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation

Charity Registration No. 254937

The UK charity dedicated to saving butterflies, moths and our environment. We advise landowners and managers on protecting important habitats in the countryside, towns and cities; carry out surveys, monitoring and research; manage nature reserves and promote wildlife friendly gardening.

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A small donation from your friends at UK Butterflies. Hope you had a great day on 20th March

Donation by Vince Massimo on 23/03/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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From a friend of Sami's Aunty Pat

Donation by Betty Lee on 15/01/13

£25.00

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I've just read about the trials of your long trek in BC magazine -Really Well done!

Donation by Andy Bolton on 23/10/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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butterflies will share their love with you.

Donation by Lawrence David de Whalley on 21/10/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Congratulations to you both!!

Donation by Val Searle on 16/10/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done!!!

Donation by Anonymous on 08/10/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Julie Gilbert, Clive and Christine Pratt, David, Laura and Daniel Solomon, John Williams, Lara and Darcy Gibbs, Hazel Smith

Donation by Donations at AES on 07/10/12

£43.00

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AES

Donation by Christopher Sutton on 07/10/12

£5.00

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AES

Donation by Peter Sutton on 07/10/12

£10.00

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AES

Donation by Tony Hoare on 07/10/12

£20.00

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Plus £20 below from Francis Kelly

Donation by Peter Russell on 07/10/12

£8.78

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Donation by Seth Gibson on 07/10/12

£20.00

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Donation from AES

Donation by Christopher Iles on 07/10/12

£50.00

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Donation by George McNamara on 07/10/12

£20.00

Donation by Anonymous on 03/10/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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A life full of Butterflies is a life full of love

Donation by A Christine Somers on 26/09/12

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Well done Sami and Seth. Not only did you do it but you also endured the worst British summer in living memory. Respect to you both!

Donation by DAVID M on 16/09/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Donation by Michael Brown on 09/09/12

£5.00

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from a lady who gave us a ride when we were hitching back

Donation by Jackie on 09/09/12

£10.00

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From the staff and customers, donations to the pot

Donation by Gillespies Bakery, Epsom on 09/09/12

£13.20

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Donation by Leanne Duffey on 31/08/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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It was good to meet you on the Great Glen Way, congratulations on a fantastic achievement!

Donation by Alan & Val Reid on 17/08/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Fantastic Guys, well done.

Donation by Paul Wetton on 15/08/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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One of the best nights we've ever had in a pub!! Big thanks to Tristan who organised the whip around :)

Donation by Sinclair Bay Hotel, Keiss on 12/08/12

£27.00

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Donation from a woman who gave us a lift to Perth when we were hitch hiking back to Land's End :)

Donation by Barbara on 12/08/12

£10.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,214.98
  • Offline donations£500.00
  • Text donations£153.00
  • Total raised£3,867.98
  • Gift Aid£610.03

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