Sam’s thumbing it for free to Morocco

PUBLISHED: 13:29 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 31 May 2010

Sam Atterbury Picture: SUBMITTED

Sam Atterbury Picture: SUBMITTED

A STUDENT will embark on a 1000-mile journey to Morocco without spending a penny on travel – he is hitch-hiking all the way. Plucky Sam Atterbury, 19, is taking part in the mammoth challenge to raise money for Link Community Development (LCD), a charity t

A STUDENT will embark on a 1000-mile journey to Morocco without spending a penny on travel - he is hitch-hiking all the way.

Plucky Sam Atterbury, 19, is taking part in the mammoth challenge to raise money for Link Community Development (LCD), a charity that works with schools in impoverished areas of Africa.

The former Saffron Walden County High pupil, whose parents Anne-Marie and George live on the High Street in Little Chesterford, is now studying maths and finance at Leeds University. He said: "I always wanted to get involved with more charity work while I was at university and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I'm really looking forward to it."

Departing from Leeds on Saturday March 15, the journey to Tangiers, Morocco, is almost 1600 miles and is expected to take about five or six days.

Sam, who grew up in Little Chesterford, needs £300 to take part in the event, but is hoping to raise as much money as possible to give to the charity.

"When I first told my parents what I was going to do they were quite concerned," said Sam.

"Hitch-hiking has got a reputation for being quite dangerous, but the charity has been running this event since 1992 and there has never been a serious incident.

"We never hitch-hike alone and we have to contact the charity every day to check in.

"Also before I set out I will attend a health and safety briefing."

Taking place over the Easter holidays, any expenses, such as food and drink, will be paid for out of his own pocket, so he is hoping all the travel costs will be free. "It's an ambitious feat, but it will be really worthwhile. I've always wanted to go to Morocco," he said.

The journey will see Sam travel through England, Spain and France before reaching his destination.

"What I'm really looking forward to is the journey: you meet so many people by hitch-hiking it should be a real eye-opener."

So far, to raise money, Sam has organised a pool competition and a pub crawl at his university.

To sponsor Sam visit his sponsorship webpage at www.justgiving.com/samatterbury

Most Read

Latest from the Saffron Walden Reporter