If you haven’t visited my website before – welcome.
Over the years I have had a long and varied career writing and producing in the media. Many of you will perhaps remember me most for my work on the early days of DOCTOR WHO, and others will, I hope, recall memories of my many novels, all of which are listed here on this site. However, nothing could have prepared me for the extraordinary challenge that now lies ahead of me.
All my life I have worked to survive, to make sure that I always have enough money to keep the wolf from the door. But as I grow older each day I know that I want to do something for others and not only myself. That is why the idea for my ARCTIC ADVENTURE started to take shape.
Travelling has always fascinated me. When I was a child growing up during World War 2, visiting other countries was only a pipe dream. But when the war was over I longed to know what it was like on the other side of the English Channel, to see places and meet ‘foreigners’ that were only names in in my school geography books. I can still remember my first experience of ‘abroad’. It was a day trip with my family to post war France, on board an Eagle paddle steamer from the end of Southend Pier. For me it was a magical experience. One can only imagine what it was like for a small schoolboy to stand on the side of a railway line in Boulogne staring in wonder at a sign with an arrow which read: À Paris. For me, Paris during those days was as far away as Tokyo. It was a name in my geography book that I would never see, or be able to afford to see, in my lifetime. So how could I have ever imagined that one day I would be able to visit the far corners of the world?
Which brings me right up to date with my ARCTIC ADVENTURE.
On 28 July 2016 I shall be leaving my home just outside the small town of Murla, on the Costa Blanca in Spain, and travelling alone by car through seven countries of Europe and Scandinavia until I reach the Norwegian town of Bodo – in the Arctic Circle. The return journey is 10,000 kilometres and will take me a month to complete.
France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Italy, and back finally through France, to Spain – all of them will be captured on a tiny GoPro video camera attached to the windscreen of my car. In addition, I shall, I hope, be beaming live global broadcasts via YouTube twice a day giving updates on my current position. A bit of a task do I hear you say? You’re absolutely right. It will be a ‘bit of a task’ especially for a chap halfway through his octogenarian decade, travelling solo for the entire journey. However, I do not find the actual travelling daunting; it’s getting to grips with the technology that is giving me nightmares! I shall of course do my best, but if I give the wrong passwords or put the plugs in the wrong holes, I do hope you will bear with me!
My ‘live’ updates will take place twice a day, at 11.30 am and 5.30 pm Spanish time, 10.30 am and 4.40 pm British time. These updates will, of course be subject to revision until my departure.
So then, why am I embarking on such a crazy venture. I am sure most of you will have heard of that magnificent organisation, HELP FOR HEROES, who are dedicated to providing funds to help rehabilitate the men and women of our armed services who have received horrific life changing injuries during active service in such dreadful battle zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, physical and mental injuries that would have completely destroyed their morale and will to live if it were not for the efforts of HELP FOR HEROES, and all the many fund raisers, great and small, up and down the country, throughout the entire United Kingdom.
And so, the ARCTIC ADVENTURE is my small contribution to those efforts.
I may even bring back a polar bear as a passenger!
Will you help me to raise as many funds as possible to give hope back to the men and women of our armed services who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe and secure?
You can donate by visiting my JUST GIVING page of HELP FOR HEROES: www.justgiving.com/thearcticadventure2016 or Unique Text Code: VPAA53.
It doesn’t matter how big or small your contribution is. The important thing is to donate whatever you can afford. Furthermore it doesn’t matter who or what you are, Lawyers, Refuse Collectors, Bank Clerks, Rich or poor Businessmen, Orangutans, Burglars, Shop Keepers, Television and Film writers and Producers, Television presenters and Controllers, even my DOCTOR WHO fans wherever you are around the world. Remember, I gave you the Sonic Screwdriver, so please help your dads, or brothers, or cousins, or friends any of whom may have been affected by the ravages of these 21st century wars.
Watch the press and media for further news.
Look out for the blue ARCTIC ADVENTURE flyer!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME TO HELP OUR HEROES. THEY HELP US, AND NOW IT IS UP TO ALL OF US TO HELP THEM.