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


This month we stuck up with willing Lancaster bike owner Gillian Sheath, who’s these days endeavor her fourth lengthy distance cycle trip in support of charity. This time she has selected to fundraise for Air Ambulances UK, “you simply by no means know whilst 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 when I used to be about 5 years previous and feature been a assured bike owner since then, biking to college, and early on in my operating lifestyles biking round Hyde Park nook to my administrative center. I did crash a Chopper motorbike  when I used to be about 15, which belonged to my more youthful brother’s buddy and knocked myself out. With the exception of that I’ve been protected and glad biking. My mantra is to cycle like each and every different individual round me is an fool…

What impressed you to fundraise?

In 2020 we had lock down all through a truly beautiful spring and so as to get out and about I began biking for 2-3 hours an afternoon. I were given the theory to ‘do’ a large trip.

In August 2020 I rang everybody I knew between Lancaster and Lands Finish and inside of a few hours had 14 nights lodging. I activate in early September and arrived at Lands Finish 2 weeks later. I referred to as on favours from buddies I hadn’t noticed in two decades. Alzeimer’s Analysis had been promoting for supporters so I determined I may just get sponsorship, which I did thru Virgin Cash. I used to be given cash thru open automobile home windows, while I used to be biking up hill, and while pushing my motorbike thru cities. Because of lockdown my beautiful buddies supplied a packed lunch as you by no means truly knew what may well be open and when. I’d baked an enormous flapjack which stored me going from 4pm onwards when I used to be actually knackered. The donations for this commute amounted to £3000.

I loved my time on that commute such a lot that I assumed I’d do any other in September 2021. This was once 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 lifestyles and Beachy Head is a favoured spot for suicide intenders. My path took me principally without delay south to Romsey in Hampshire after which alongside the coast to Eastbourne.  There have been some very tough hills in Sussex. I persist with A and B roads as I don’t need to get misplaced and if I fall off I would like somebody to note. I take advantage of a paper map. Donations once more reached about £3000, with over £200 given to me in money en path.

In 2022 I selected to cycle from Lancaster Fort to Cardiff Fort by the use of England and again thru Wales. This commute was once to boost finances for Macmillan most cancers analysis. My path making plans went a bit of haywire after I idea I used to be someplace totally other from the place I in reality was once. This was once in Shropshire and after I arrived at Clun formative years hostel I used to be so unbelievably drained that I couldn’t discuss. The warden was once very sort and I recovered temporarily.

What’s the plan for this yr’s trip?

This yr I’ve selected Air Ambulance with the theory of visiting a few stations, however they aren’t willing in this as they at all times want to be completely able for motion, slightly than chatting to a retired occupational therapist who desires to understand how the whole lot works! My path once more is by the use of family and friends so I activate 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 leisure day. On 8th to Leicester, 9th to Leamington Spa, 10th to Kineton, 11th to Worcester, 12th to Stourbridge, 13th to Fort Pulverbatch close to Shrewsbury,14th to Bunbury, 15th to Warrington [my home town] and 16th to Lancaster, the place I now reside.  

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

I’m very enthusiastic about this commute. I do know a few days might be truly exhausting paintings, however heh ho. It’ll be nice!

The trip thus far!

Gillian is these days making her means North and reached Kiveton at the tenth September. Up to now on her travels she has had some difficult days together with an stumble upon with a canine in Newark which left her in A and E. Tetanus and antibiotics had been administered to her, however this didn’t forestall her! She continues to be smartly on her means and virtually as much as her goal of £2000! On reasonable, an air ambulance can succeed in somebody in pressing want inside of quarter-hour. Air ambulance charities are jointly dispatched to over 100 lifesaving missions on a daily basis throughout the United Kingdom; every project is funded virtually totally via the generosity of native communities identical to Gillian’s supporters.

To apply her growth and make a donation you’ll be able to in finding her Simply Giving web page right here: Gillian Sheath is fundraising for Air Ambulances UK (justgiving.com)

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