Meath Supporter Gerard Goes One Step Beyond for 130 Challenge!

27 June 2022

Recently Farnham resident Gerard Farrell completed the journey of a lifetime in support of The Meath! While many people have kindly taken on ‘Challenge 130’ in honour of our 130th anniversary, Gerard certainly went the extra mile.

Having set himself the considerable fitness and endurance challenge of an 874 mile walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End, he was inspired to support The Meath through sponsorship after a friend was diagnosed with epilepsy. As a photographer, capturing his journey and the changing landscapes along the way was second nature to him and Gerard is thrilled to see that so many people have kindly donated over £1,500 to The Meath on his online fundraising page.

To look at Gerard’s long journey or to donate to The Meath through his fundraising page visit

The walk was a truly once in a lifetime experience for Gerard, but it leaves a legacy that lasts longer than the blisters on his feet. The Meath relies on fundraised income to sustain the broad range of services on offer to the people we support. Statutory funding does not cover the full cost of many vital and life enhancing services which enable the people we support to lead a fulfilled life.

Lucy Miguda, Head of Fundraising at The Meath commented “We are extremely grateful to Gerard and all who have kindly donated towards his fundraiser for The Meath. The funds raised will have a hugely positive impact on the lives of the people we support and are especially welcome at this challenging time of rising living costs. All funds raised will help us to continue delivering our wonderful program of daily activities at our Skills Centre, as well as going towards the cost of Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy. Together these life enhancing services really do make the world of difference to the lives of the very special people we support.”

While few people take on such a monumental challenge as walking the length of the United Kingdom, we hope that others may feel inspired to take on their own challenge in support of The Meath during our 130th anniversary year. We have teamed up with Ultra Challenge events who run a broad range of exciting challenge events across the UK. Also coming up on Saturday 17th September is the Twilight Runway Challenge. This is a fun community event where participants can run, walk, cycle, scoot or skateboard along 3km, 5km or 10km of the (joyously flat!) airstrip of Blackbushe Airport. The ticket price covers the event cost, and we would be so grateful if you can support The Meath through sponsorship.

To take a look at all challenge events which you can complete in support of The Meath visit

Fundraised income is vital to our ability to continue offering the broad range of life enhancing services on offer to the wonderful people we support. It is always our pleasure to support people with their sponsored challenges.

If you feel inspired, please be sure to let us know so that we can support you every step of the way and share your success!

Twilight runway challenge
Meath Challenge 130
Ultra challenge Meath