Speedo Mick to embark on charity tour giving away thousands of pounds

By Andre Johnson & Matt Jackson

Fundraiser Mick Cullen, known as Speedo Mick, is looking to give away around £250,000 when he embarks on his latest walk donning nothing but a pair of swimming trunks.

The 56-year-old plans to embark on a five month long, 2,000 mile trek around the UK and Ireland giving away the funds he raised through his SpeedoMick Foundation.

He also aims to raise £100,000 as he walks through Stornoway, Edinburgh and Glasgow before heading to Belfast.

He will then go to Dublin and Cardiff, crossing over to major towns and cities across England before finishing in Liverpool.

“The reason we are giving the money out is because charities have been unable to fundraise due to the pandemic,” Mick told the PA news agency.

“The best way to have an immediate effect on people’s lives would be to give grants to small registered charities that support mental health and disadvantaged young people in homelessness.

“What we decided as a charity is the best thing we could do for communities would be to give a quarter of a million pounds back to small charities along the route.

“Basically the people who donated the money on the last walk (are) getting the money back.”

Mick, who has been raising money for charity for almost eight years, began his journey at the end of May and aims to finish by December 15.

He has raised more than £75,000 during his latest challenge as he pushes through the pain. “Me feet are killing me, they’re killing me mate!” he told PA.

The SpeedoMick Foundation was set up by Mick during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, supporting disadvantaged young people and people experiencing homelessness.

The Everton football fan described his own journey of addiction, and wrote on his GoFundMe page that he hoped to help people who were facing what he had faced.

“A long time ago I lost my dignity, my self-respect, my family and anything that meant something to me.

“I was an addict and now I’m 19 years clean and sober, I am now a full member of society.

“My life changed, I got my family back, I’ve got my self-respect back, I’ve got my dignity back, I’ve got my hope back and I’ve got a whole roof over my head.

“The world’s on fire… and I’m trying to just make a tiny difference in people’s lives. I’m just trying to do my little bit, just to raise a smile.

“Don’t underestimate the power of a smile.”

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