How did you find out about Health & Hope UK?
I found out about the work through my church, Coast Family Church in Cornwall. The Church supported Dr Sasa and I was inspired by what I heard about the work of Health and Hope. A few years ago, Dr Sasa came and spoke at the church and it was inspirational – and I thought, ‘let’s do something’.
What did you do?
I was already planning on completing the Coast to Coast walk with a friend of mine, so I suggested to him that we do it for charity. So we got our friends and family to sponsor us and raised £5,000 for Health & Hope. Then I read a book called “Fat man on a bicycle” which is a story of a man who rode to the south of France on a bike and I thought it would be a good idea!
So, I borrowed my daughter’s bike and after a few falls which resulted in some scrapes and a black eye, I decided I would do it! I originally planned to do the 800 mile bike ride with two guys, however a few circumstances went against us in the lead up to the challenge and in the end it was me and two ladies from Church who took turns in cycling and driving the support car.
Of course, we chose the best time to go and ended up cycling most of the way in 35 degree heat – one day I cycled 67 miles when it was 41 degrees! What with running out of water and getting a puncture 3 miles from the end, my bike almost ended up in the canal! However, we completed the 800 mile challenge in 16 days, and had a lot of fun along the way. Oh, and we raised £12,000 for Health & Hope!!
Would you do it again?
I would love to!! There were definitely a few challenges – ending up going the wrong way up a motorway, for instance – but I would definitely love to do something like this again.
What is it about Health & Hope’s work that made you want to support us?
To me it’s Christianity in action. We hear about the amazing miracles that are taking place over in Myanmar, and the impact that the work is having on people, and it’s incredible. I think this is what Christianity should be like. Health & Hope is a lovely, small charity where your few pounds can make a massive difference.