By Lisa DiGangi
This Christmas Day 18 year old Ollie Plunkett will be celebrating far from his home in the UK. He will be starting a fundraising journey that will take him across 24,000 miles and 2 continents on his motorbike, spending his gap year before attending university raising money to support the future Fisher House in the UK to support British armed forces.
Travelling up Argentina, he will cross the Andes in Patagonia and from there follow the West Coast the rest of the way until reaching Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The only time taking the bike away from land will be to cross from Colombia to Panama. There is no road connecting the two countries and the common way of travel is by boat from Cartagena to Colon.
Along his journey he will stop to visit some sites of historical and personal interest, and in the USA he will do a minimum of 3 weeks volunteering work in the 7 American Fisher Houses in California, Washington State and Alaska.
Check out Ollie's trip to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham on YouTube
Follow Ollie's travels on Twitter @OlliesOdyssey
"Holidays, birthdays & anniversaries have been celebrated with tears and smiles with people who truly understand what the other person is experiencing."
- Kamryn Jaroszewski