Everton fan Speedo Mick put weight on during 1k-mile trek thanks to ‘feeders’

Charity hero Speedo Mick admits he piled on the pounds during his famous trek across the UK in his undies as fans kept plying him with cakes and doughnuts.

Mick Cullen, 56, has trekked thousands of miles, attended hundreds of football matches and raised more than £650,000 in recent years – all while dressed in just a pair of blue swimming trunks.

His last mission saw him complete an epic 1,000-mile trek across the UK but being forced to eat on the go saw him put on four kilos of weight despite walking around 20 miles per day.

And as he prepares to embark on his most ambitious trek yet – where he will walk 2,000 miles in five months to donate money to good causes – he is hoping to do a better job of fighting the flab.

He said: “You would think walking 20 miles a day would be good for your waistline but I actually ended up putting on a few kilos.

“I had people coming up to me and giving me cakes, biscuits and doughnuts to keep me going.

“I was on the go all day and it was too cold to sit down and have a proper meal in my undies, so I ended up just eating whatever I could.

“I started off with abs and by the end of it they’d gone, because all of those doughnuts started to add up.”

Everton FC fan Speedo Mick is one of the most recognisable charity fundraisers in the UK, thanks to his unwavering dedication to helping good causes while wearing his famous trunks.

The superfit hero from Dovecot, Liverpool, was inspired to take up fundraising after his own battles with alcohol and drug dependency, isolation and homelessness.

In 2014, the self-confessed novice raised £40,000 by swimming the English Channel in just under 16 hours.

He turned up to Everton’s next home game in a pair of blue Speedos with ‘Channel Swimmer’ written on his chest, and this was how his famous look started.

Now that lockdown has ended, Speedo Mick has set his sights on completing his most ambitious charity mission yet.

The ‘Speedo Mick Giving Back Tour’ will start on May 31 and cover 2,000 miles, taking in five capital cities – London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Dublin and Belfast.

Starting from Stornoway, in Scotland’s Western Isles, and ending in Liverpool, the route will cover a string of towns and cities in the UK and Ireland and Mick will walk up to 20 miles per day across five months.

The main goal is to identify good causes in communities to donate up to £250,000 already raised through previous missions, with a focus on underprivileged or homeless young people and mental health initiatives.

This will be his most gruelling challenge to date – twice as many miles as he completed last time – and Mick admits he will need to be in top shape to reach the finish line.

He added: “The last trek really took it out of me and at times I was close to running on empty, so I’m going into this one with my eyes open.

“This Giving Back Tour covers twice as many miles as the last one, and I’m heading around Ireland this time as well.

“I’ve been trying to walk around 15 miles a day in the lead-up to the start, but there’s so much of the logistics to sort that it’s been impossible.

“I’m really excited to get started, it’s been a long time in the planning and after lockdown I can’t wait to finally hit the road in my undies.”

The Speedo Mick Foundation was set up in 2020 and Mick and a board of trustees work on helping good causes in the fields of homelessness and disadvantaged young people.

It aims to work with vulnerable groups to advance education, prevent or relieve poverty and support people facing issues such as ill health or financial hardship.

Applicants are welcome to seek help from the Foundation and are asked to apply through its website.

Donate to Speedo Mick’s Giving Back Tour at, his go fund me page.

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