Teachers’ are thumbing it

nrhn 290312 'Thumbing it: Hitchhikers Martin Picker and Vic Wilkinson are set to attempt a length-of-the-UK journey, purely through thumbing lifts.
nrhn 290312 'Thumbing it: Hitchhikers Martin Picker and Vic Wilkinson are set to attempt a length-of-the-UK journey, purely through thumbing lifts.
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A PAIR of teachers are challenging the ‘rule of thumb’ by attempting to hitchhike the length of the UK.

Swanwick Hall School’s head of creative arts Martin Picker has joined up with a teaching pal from Mansfield to attempt the 874 mile journey between John O’ groats and Lands End - purely by thumbing lifts from passing drivers.

He is due to set off from Britain’s most northerly point on April 1, in a bid to raise money for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice near Sheffield.

Martin said: “We used to do this in our youth a lot and we got talking one night about why you never see hitchhikers anymore.”

“We wondered whether it would still be possible and we thought let’s go for it - let’s go from John O’ Groats to Lands End!”

Martin 41, of Swanwick, said he is trying to raise around £2,000 for the hospice in memory of his mother, Gillian Picker, who supported the charity since it opened in 2008.

He will be joined by fellow seasoned hitchhiker and head teacher at Crescent Primary School in Mansfield, Vic Wilkinson. Martin and Vic have travelled hundreds of miles together through hitchhiking in their 23 years of friendship, including hitching lifts from Paris to the Mediterranean together in just one day.

Martin first hitched to the Reading Festival in August 1990.

Chief executive of Bluebell Wood Sarah Champion said: “It is fantastic that Martin and Vic are supporting Bluebell Wood. As we receive no statutory government funding, each and every one of our supporters really make a difference.

Everyone here cannot wait to hear how the pair get on!”

The hospice, needs to raise £3million each year to keep going as it receives no statutory support from Government.

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Thumbing it: Hitchhikers Martin Picker and Vic Wilkinson are set to attempt a length-of-the-UK journey, purely through thumbing lifts.