A FUNDRAISER famed for his efforts while wearing bright blue swimming trunks has thanked the public, saying he “could not have done it without” them after raising more than £800,000 for charity with one final challenge ahead.

Everton fan Michael Cullen, now more commonly known as Speedo Mick, has completed a myriad of tasks while donning trunks and hopes to hit the £1 million mark on GoFundMe as he prepares to walk 1,000 miles from John O’Groats, Scotland to Land’s End, Cornwall from December 29.

He plans to walk from 15 miles a day for around two to three months in aid of The SpeedoMick Foundation, which will give grants to small grassroots charities that support mental health awareness, disadvantaged young people and the homeless, before he hangs up his Speedos for good.

“It’s bittersweet… It gave me a purpose,” Mick, 58, told the PA news agency.

“It’s given me a purpose to be busy and to be positive and to give back as well.

“And every single person who’s donated, shared my posts, said ‘keep going’… every single person who has done that for me over the last eight years, they’ve all been part of this journey.


“I could not have done this without you… The support has blown me away and honestly, just talking about it now makes me very emotional.”

Mick’s charity triumphs have included a 2,000-mile, five-month trek across the UK and Ireland and swimming the English Channel, before he turned up to his beloved Everton Football Club’s next home game in a pair of blue trunks with “Channel swimmer” written on his chest.

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He has walked through St Helens on some of his charity missions.

He has bought a tent and plans to camp throughout the walk, as well as scaling the three peaks – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Mount Snowdon – along the way.

He added he looks forward to meeting people who will show up when he needs it most.

“I guarantee about 10 cars will pull up with roast dinners,” he said.

“Someone (once) drove 700 miles to give me a cuddle and a cup of coffee.

“Another lady made her daughter drive 150 miles one way just to put a coat on me.

“I wish there was a camera above me doing the whole walk because it’s magical, what happens… It’s a bit like a real Disney movie.”

For the first time, Speedo Mick’s walk is being sponsored by a Liverpool-based contractor, Huyton Asphalt.

He has raised more than £5,500 on GoFundMe and said it would be “a perfect ending” to reach the £200,000 mark, bringing his personal fundraising total to £1 million.

“That would just be a perfect ending to the Speedo Mick stomps, wouldn’t it, a million quid?” he said.

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“But obviously we’ve got a cost-of-living crisis so I’m not expecting us to raise £200,000.

“We’re just going to see how it goes, we’ll be giving grants out along the way as well.”

One £1,000 grant from The SpeedoMick Foundation will help take children, who might not otherwise afford it, go on a school trip to where Mick once went as a child – Colomendy adventure park in Wales.

He explained that he was only able to go when his school gave him a concession ticket.

“It will take all the kids who don’t get holidays to Colomendy,” he said.

“It’s brilliant, it’s massive.”

While admitting he is not quite yet feeling up to his last trek, Mick also said putting on his Speedos lets him “get into the groove”.

“I get the energy from (the Speedos),” he said.

“When I get in my kit and I’ve got my bag on and all my flags are flapping about in the wind, that’s when the challenge begins.

“I’ve got ADHD as well, so I think that’s what helps me to get through the challenges.

“I know that about myself now and instead of it being a negative tag, I turn it into a positive power.”

To find out more about Mick's final fundraiser, go to: www.gofundme.com/the-final-stomp