Sea cadets welcome 'inspirational' charity cyclist to Torbay

Torbay Sea Cadets with Josh Garmin.

Torbay Sea Cadets with Josh Garmin. - Credit: Torbay Sea Cadets

Torbay Sea Cadets welcomed a round-Britain charity cyclist to the Bay - and offered him a bed for the night instead of him having to sleep in his one-man tent.

Josh Garmin has been on the road for two months and is a third of his way through his inspirational attempt to circle the coast route of the UK.

He stopped off to meet the cadets and answer any questions they had.

Josh decided to try to raise £50,000 for nine-year-old girl called Hasti, who has CDLS, a rare genetic condition that presents children with a wide range of difficult physical and behavioural challenges.

Josh is cycling 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain - a journey the equivalent of London to Calcutta - climbing 232,000ft which is the equivalent of eight times the height of Everest!

He started on the Scottish border and has been cycling anti-clockwise around the coast and camping in his one-man tent or sofa surfing wherever he can.

So far, Josh has raised £20,6110.

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Josh told the cadets that he has been overwhelmed at the generosity of people not just financially but helping him to keep going with a friendly welcome or words of encouragement or offers of a warm bed or hot meal.

Josh said: "Thank you to Torbay Sea Cadets for hearing me talk! You all asked loads of questions and made me feel really welcome.

"I hope in among my stories from the road there are a few lessons you can take from it. It was a pleasure to see so many of you excited about the outdoors!"

Lt Kersten James, commanding officer of the Torbay Sea Cadet unit, said: "What an amazing lesson our cadets had in terms of community spirit and acts of kindness when Expedition Josh - and his cuddly llama! - came to visit, bike and trailer in tow.

"The cadets were fascinated and had many questions to ask but despite being weary from his ride, Josh was brilliant and gave them nothing but time, patience and smiles - and wristbands!

"Thank you so much Josh for these very important lessons our cadets learnt, what an inspiring young person you are."

In Torbay, Josh spent the night at the home of Sea Cadets executive officer, PO Antony George.

To donate, log on to www.justgiving.com/coast5000