Wolves fan Ed Hewitt rounded off a fundraising 7,000 trip back from Bangkok on Saturday – by completing the journey with a welcome home at Molineux.
The 27-year-old from Tettenhall indulged his passion for travelling by returning all the way from Bangkok taking in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China. Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and then through Europe.
Ed then spent last week walking the remainder of the journey, from London to Wolverhampton, stopping off in a Sandwell pub to enjoy some banter with West Bromwich Albion fans enroute.
And then it was time to finish up by the Billy Wright Statue with family and friends - and Wolves director John Gough - on Saturday before being presented with a special signed Wolves shirt including the number 7000 – the distance in miles he covered as the crow flies – by Jody Craddock at half time.
“It was the perfect end to the trip to be back at Molineux and going out on the pitch in front of so many fans,” he said.
“And it was a nice surprise to meet Jody and receive the shirt which I wasn’t expecting.
“It has been a fantastic journey and an exhilarating journey.
“At times it has been a tough journey but it’s not been about the tourist attractions I have seen but more the people and scenarios I have encountered along the way.
“Someone gave me a bit of advice which was to ‘go where people don’t expect you’ and that has stood me in good stead along the way and given me some fabulous experiences.”
Wolves being Wolves with its worldwide appeal, the former Season Ticket Holder has certainly not been away from all things gold and black during his trip.
There was the time in Kyrgyzstan where he walked into a dormitory in his Wolves top, and bumped into Neil Dalloway, who worked for Tony Daley in Wolves’ Sports Science department until leaving for a round-the-world bike ride of his own a year ago.
Or in Uzbekistan, where a random passer-by came up and said: “Wolves, you losers Yes?”
Or how about Georgia, where Ed wore his Wolves top to the Dynamo Tbilisi against Tottenham Europa League tie and was accosted by a local explaining that Wolves were his favourite English team and George Elokobi his favourite player.
Or, on the final part of the trip from London to Wolverhampton, walking along a canal in Leighton Buzzard and bumping into a young fan in a Wolves shirt.
All the money is being split between two charities – Guy’s Trust (guystrust.org) in memory of Guy Joseph who died in a paragliding accident - and Sport 4 Life (www.sport4life.org.uk), a West Midlands charity which aims to use sport to empower disadvantaged youngsters.
To find out more about the walk and make a donation to the charities please click here.
Congratulations from all at Wolves to Ed and good luck with the fundraising.