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Friday, September 29, 2023

Biking for a Trigger: Lancaster to Lincoln (and again once more!)


This month we caught up with eager Lancaster bike owner Gillian Sheath, who’s at the moment endeavor her fourth lengthy distance cycle journey in support of charity. This time she has chosen to fundraise for Air Ambulances UK, “you simply by no means know while you may want their assist”.

Gillian Sheath is fundraising for Air Ambulances UK (justgiving.com)

When did you get into biking?

I learnt to cycle once I was about 5 years previous and have been a assured bike owner since then, biking to highschool, and early on in my working life biking round Hyde Park nook to my workplace. I did crash a Chopper bike  once I was about 15, which belonged to my youthful brother’s good friend and knocked myself out. Other than that I’ve been protected and completely satisfied biking. My mantra is to cycle like each different particular person round me is an fool…

What impressed you to fundraise?

In 2020 we had lock down throughout a very beautiful spring and so as to get out and about I began biking for 2-3 hours a day. I obtained the concept to ‘do’ an enormous journey.

In August 2020 I rang everybody I knew between Lancaster and Lands Finish and inside a few hours had 14 nights lodging. I set off in early September and arrived at Lands Finish 2 weeks later. I known as on favours from buddies I hadn’t seen in 20 years. Alzeimer’s Analysis had been promoting for supporters so I made a decision I might get sponsorship, which I did via Virgin Cash. I used to be given cash via open automobile home windows, while I used to be biking up hill, and while pushing my bike via cities. Because of lockdown my beautiful buddies offered a packed lunch as you by no means actually knew what is perhaps open and when. I’d baked an enormous flapjack which stored me going from 4pm onwards once I was really knackered. The donations for this journey amounted to £3000.

I loved my time on that journey a lot that I believed I’d do one other in September 2021. This was to Beachy Head in Sussex from Heysham Head close to Lancaster. I selected to boost cash for The Samaritans as a affected person of mine had taken her personal life and Beachy Head is a favoured spot for suicide intenders. My route took me principally straight south to Romsey in Hampshire after which alongside the coast to Eastbourne.  There have been some very tough hills in Sussex. I follow A and B roads as I don’t wish to get misplaced and if I fall off I would like somebody to note. I exploit a paper map. Donations once more reached about £3000, with over £200 given to me in money en route.

In 2022 I selected to cycle from Lancaster Citadel to Cardiff Citadel by way of England and again via Wales. This journey was to boost funds for Macmillan most cancers analysis. My route planning went a bit haywire once I thought I used to be someplace fully totally different from the place I really was. This was in Shropshire and once I arrived at Clun youth hostel I used to be so unbelievably drained that I couldn’t communicate. The warden was very sort and I recovered rapidly.

What’s the plan for this yr’s journey?

This yr I’ve chosen Air Ambulance with the concept of visiting a few stations, however they aren’t eager on this as they at all times must be completely prepared for motion, reasonably than chatting to a retired occupational therapist who needs to know the way the whole lot works! My route once more is by way of family and friends so I set off from Lancaster on 2nd to Prestwich Manchester, 3rd to Hayfield, 4th to Beeston, 5th to Reepham, 6th to Lincoln Cathedral arriving at 12 midday, then onto RAF Cranwell the place I’ve a niece, then a relaxation day. On 8th to Leicester, 9th to Leamington Spa, 10th to Kineton, 11th to Worcester, 12th to Stourbridge, 13th to Citadel Pulverbatch close to Shrewsbury,14th to Bunbury, 15th to Warrington [my home town] and 16th to Lancaster, the place I now stay.  

Over £1800 has already been donated by way of simply Giving, together with £100 from a stranger. Individuals are extremely beneficiant.

I’m very enthusiastic about this journey. I do know a few days will probably be actually laborious work, however heh ho. It’ll be nice!

The journey to this point!

Gillian is at the moment making her approach North and reached Kiveton on the tenth September. To date on her travels she has had some difficult days together with an encounter with a canine in Newark which left her in A and E. Tetanus and antibiotics had been administered to her, however this didn’t cease her! She continues to be effectively on her approach and nearly as much as her goal of £2000! On common, an air ambulance can attain somebody in pressing want inside quarter-hour. Air ambulance charities are collectively dispatched to over 100 lifesaving missions every day throughout the UK; every mission is funded nearly completely by the generosity of native communities identical to Gillian’s supporters.

To comply with her progress and make a donation you’ll find her Simply Giving web page right here: Gillian Sheath is fundraising for Air Ambulances UK (justgiving.com)

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