The 100 Trains Voyage for Ataxia.
50,000km RTW for charity. By train.
What? A 50,000km train journey around the world. And not just any old trains either. The highest. The longest. And the most iconic.

Why? To raise vital research funds for Ataxia UK, and as a vehicle to unite ataxia sufferers, supporters and charities worldwide.

When? The journey will start on January 23 2016 (my 50th birthday - and I can't think of a better way of marking the occasion!).

A wee bit of history.

Tim White and myself (left) on the Kyle Line, on Day 1 of the original journey.

I first attempted this journey in 2013. For my own travelling pleasure on that occasion. This original journey, a lifelong dream of mine, was 18 months in the planning.

I was reasonably able-bodied at the start of the journey, in Glasgow, Scotland (although I was already aware that something "wasn't quite right").

However, on reaching Novosibirsk in Siberia on the Trans-Siberian Express, after 21,000km had been completed (rail kilometres), I became rather ill and returned home.

21,000km. Not bad going really.

Since then, it has taken a never-ending stream of doctors and neurologists almost 2 years to identify the cause of my illness. And it is not really good news.

I am suffering from a form of cerebellar ataxia.

Ataxia? Never heard of it? Neither had I. And we're not alone. Around 91% of the UK population have never heard of it either (one of my aims for this journey, is to put a huge dent in that 91% figure!).

So now I will attempt the entire 50,000km journey again. Only this time, I'm making this wee trip to raise vital research funds for Ataxia UK (the national ataxia charity in the UK), and to unite ataxia sufferers and supporters worldwide (there has already been a lot of interest in this journey from around the globe).

Ataxia UK

Ataxia UK is the national charity for ataxia in the UK. They are working very hard to find a cure for one, or all, ataxias by 2020.

Ataxia is a genetic condition that can affect anyone, at any age (just a few years ago, I was a healthy & rather fit young man!).

A cure WILL be found though. Research funds just need to be found first.

So please support the 100 Trains Voyage for Ataxia in any way that you can. Thank you!

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