Margate dad’s 600 mile, fundraising bike ride – with football legend Kevin Keegan at the finish line

Scott with former footballer Kevin Keegan at the end of the 600-mile cycle ride

A Thanet dad has cycled from Margate to Edinburgh to raise money for Evelina London Children’s Charity.

Scott Gunn didn’t even own a bike when he thought up the week-long, 600 mile challenge while travelling by train between the two places.

He has wanted to fundraise for Evelina London since his partner Vicki was pregnant with their second child.

During her 20 week baby scan, the team at QEQM Hospital in Margate said they were worried the baby had a hole in her heart and the outlook was concerning. Vicki was rushed Evelina London – part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ – to have another scan using more advanced equipment.

Scott and family at the Margate start line

Scott vividly remembers the anxiety he and Vicki felt waiting for the appointment. They arrived six hours early and waited in a café nearby. Thankfully, the scan showed there was nothing to worry about, but Scott was acutely conscious that others weren’t so lucky.

He said: “I thought that no one in the hospital would have better news than us. It was such a strange feeling and it chokes me up just thinking about it. I thought then that I wanted to give something back.”

At Evelina

Daughter Boe, now 12 years old, was there to cheer Scott off at the start line at Margate harbour on 6 June, alongside her brother Rory, 14.

Scott, 39, trained every day for four months, but due to bad weather the majority of his training was completed on an indoors bike.

Scott, from Margate, said: “Everything has been a learning curve and I came off my bike twice. I’ve been lucky as people have given me little pointers like taking two water bottles.”

Originally he was planning to avoid London but then decided he wanted to pass by Evelina London during his journey. The first leg was 97.8 miles, which included a pit stop passing by the hospital, and he averaged 75 to 80 miles a day.

Scott was congratulated by former England football manager Kevin Keegan when he crossed the finish line at Edinburgh castle on Tuesday (13 June).

Kevin was due to speak at an event for Scott’s estate agency business the same evening and agreed to arrive early to celebrate his achievement.

The finish line

Scott said: “I’m overwhelmed by the support I have received from friends, family and even strangers. Watching the donations grow daily has felt very special, and I’m so grateful to every person who has donated their hard earned cash.

“It was a slog in the heat but remembering the reason behind the challenge has made it worthwhile.”

Scott had set a £5,000 fundraising target which has now been surpassed.

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  1. What an inspiring story!
    Scott’s daughter was OK, but nevertheless he’s cycled hindreded of miles to raise money for others.
    I’m happy to have made a small donation.

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