The Vamps’ lead guitarist and singer James McVey, who grew up locally, is to visit all the Seven Wonders of the World – virtually – to raise funds for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.
After completing the Machu Picchu challenge through the virtual app earlier this year, the musician and former ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here!’ star decided to take on all Seven Wonders of the World for Julia’s House with a combination of running and cycling – 883 miles in total. He’s since completed the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal, and is now on his way to Christ the Redeemer.
James says, “I like to challenge myself with things out of my comfort zone. Taking on all seven challenges definitely fits into that category. In a world where not much else can properly be planned in my calendar at the moment, something like this is brilliant; it’s given me something to work on and look forward to.”
Growing up near the Corfe Mullen hospice, James remembers driving past on his way to Corfe Hills School when he was a pupil there.
“When I first visited the hospice, I had a chance to see for myself just how inspiring the children, parents and staff are,” he says. “It’s vital that we remember that charities like Julia’s House are still working, regardless of whether businesses and leisure facilities are open. It’s crucial that we do all we can in this difficult time to support our charities, especially those who don’t receive Government funding.”
The Vamps star hopes to complete all seven wonders before the band’s rescheduled UK tour starts in September, including O2 Academy Bournemouth on 18 September.
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