77-year-old from Wigston travels all around the UK on a ‘tuk tuk’ for charity

A 77-year-old man from Leicester has completed his challenge of travelling around the UK in his ‘tuk tuk’.

Steve Gibbs from Wigston, drove the vehicle for 3,000 miles to raise money for a Leicestershire charity.

He arrived back to Wigston this morning, three weeks later, where well wishers had gathered to cheer him on.

Steve set off in July and drove to the very southerly, westerly, northerly and easterly points of mainland England, Scotland and Wales to raise money for the charity.

The ‘tuk tuk’, which is a common form of transport around Asia, is also know as a rickshaw. With a maximum speed of 40 miles per hour, it took Steve three weeks to complete his challenge.

Steve admitted the wind and rain which the UK has seen in the last week had caused him some problems in driving, but that didn’t dampen his spirit to complete his challenge.

The money raised will go towards a charity called ‘Healing Little Hearts’, who send medics to help children in poorer countries. The cash raised allows the charity to send a team of Surgeons, Doctors and Nurses to perform emergency surgery on children born with heart defects.

Last year he raised over £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK.

Steve said: “It was an amazing and fantastic experience. I’ve met people who I would have never met otherwise. Despite the weather, I saw incredible scenery, and the British Isle is beautiful.”

Steve said he is already planning his next challenge, as long as his wife lets him.

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