The last year has been probably the most difficult and challenging on record, with much physical and mental suffering across the world, and not least here in the UK. During these unprecednted times, I have had the honour of serving as President of my Rotary Club - Bedford Castle. One of our main aims is to offer help and support to the local Bedford community by raising funds for those less fortunate than ourselves. However, lockdown and the restrictions currently in place have significantly limited our ability to undertake 'normal' fundraising activities and events.
Therefore, I have decided to do something personally to try and raise some much needed funds for my two chosen charities, The Bedford Daycare Hospice and Schoolreaders, which have had very limited access to fundraising opportunities for some time.
I plan to undertake a sponsored walk challenge to cross 100 bridges up and down the Bedford Embankment in a single day, requiring me to cover a distance greater than 12.5 miles ..... almost a half marathon!
- The Bedford Daycare Hospice was established 25 years ago to provide a safe haven where individuals with a life limiting condition are cared for with dignity and empathy, much needed respite from their daily routine.
- Twenty five percent of all children left primary school last year significantly disadvantaged as they were unable to read well. Schoolreaders provides a vital service giving free one-to-one reading sessions with primary school children to enable them to access their secondary education properly and improve their lifetime chances.