Graham Myers

Charity

Vision Africa - Give A Child A Future
Vision Africa is a UK based children's charity which has supported vulnerable and disadvantaged children throughout Kenya for over ten years. Vision Africa equips and empowers children and youths for a brighter future, ensuring that they have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and make a difference in their families and communities. We currently support over 1800 children, working in partnership with local community based organisations such as children's homes, schools for children with special needs, feeding programmes, centres that offer vocational and enterprise training for disadvantaged youths and sports and creative arts development initiatives.


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Graham Myers

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UPDATE

 I started my ride on 10th May and arrived at John O’Groats at 4pm on 2nd June.

Overall, the ride took me 3 weeks 3 days, cycling every day, to cover 970 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats and I climbed a total of 50,533 feet. This compares with Mount Everest at 29,029 ft above sea level and Ben Nevis at 4,411 ft high. 

I have been asked:

Did I enjoy it? - Yes, I enjoyed the challenge and the feeling that I could actually complete it. However the hills were a bit of a nightmare, particularly with my loaded bike.

Would I do it again? - No, overall it was extremely hard work.

Did you ever think of giving up? - Not once.

The best part? - Definitely Scotland, the vast landscape, ever changing views and relatively quiet roads were a delight to cycle through.

Now that I’ve finished, I would like to send huge thanks to all my facebook friends who have provided cheering encouragement throughout.

I now realise that my facebook ‘public’ group could only be viewed by facebook members, which has prevented some friends from seeing my diary of the ride.  I have therefore put most of the posts, photos, maps, etc into a PDF file that can be viewed by anyone.  If you would like to see this, please email me on  gmyers@ntlworld  and I will email you a copy of the file.

VISION AFRICA – I’m really pleased that sponsorship/donations to Vision Africa are now over £1,800 with gift aid. My sincere thanks to everyone who has donated. Further donations will also be gratefully received, either through virginmoneygiving or direct to me, and my thanks again to everyone who donates. Being a small and efficient charity, run by volunteers, this money will genuinely enable Vision Africa to help more children have a better life.

 


Am I completely bonkers?? Starting around the 10th/12th May I will be attempting a classic cycle challenge – Lands End to John O’Groats (known as LEJOG or the ‘End to End’), a challenge for charity that has been in the back of my mind for a long time.

After completing a 50km (31 miles) Charity ride in the New Forest last September I decided that if I could manage a daily average of about 50% more than this, with all my luggage and overcoming LOTS of hills, it should be possible.

So I have been doing more Zumba and aerobics and getting out on training rides on the New Forest and Purbeck roads, looking for hills, which I normally avoid. I've got my daily mileage up to 55 - 60 miles on three recent rides, so I’m now reasonably confident that it’s achievable. I’m 72, so I can’t put it off!

Many cyclists do the LEJOG in 10-14 days in lycra on fast road bikes as part of an escorted group with a support vehicle, luggage carried and meals plus accommodation arranged. That's not my style - I’m cycling unsupported on a normal hybrid bike with all my stuff in panniers and will arrange B&Bs as I go, so on good days or bad days I can decide how far I want to cycle. Total distance for the route I have planned, which avoids busy roads, is just under 1,100 miles and it will probably take about four weeks.


I will be posting details of my progress on this facebook group page:

             Graham's LEJOG cycle challenge

I’m raising funds for VISION AFRICA, a small charity run by volunteers that I have known and supported for some time. They provide amazing help for large numbers of orphaned, abandoned and neglected children in Kenya.

Vision Africa have an annual income in the region of only £200,000, of which between 2% and 5% goes on UK overheads, this means that 95 - 98% of all donations is efficiently spent in Kenya on helping the kids.


To see what Vision Africa do, please look at the video below - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxzXtDZ9Nhg

Vision Africa web site is here: www.vision-africa.org


I’m covering the costs of my ride so all donations will go to Vision Africa.

Sincere thanks,   Graham

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Recent donors

22.08.17 Fantastic achievement well done Graham

18.08.17 Congratulations Graham - Jean and I have read your blog and congratulate you on the magnificent effort on your cycling marathon !! Well done

06.07.17 Congratulations Graham. Fantastic achievement.

23.06.17

11.06.17 Well done Graham! What an achievement!

10.06.17 Very well done Graham. I am sending a donation of one pound per day as before, 10 pounds being the last complete week plus 3 days. So pleased you have met your target. June xxx

07.06.17

07.06.17 From Christine wilson S husband Steve

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02.06.17 Many congratulations Graham. So impressed! Wendy Holst

31.05.17 Hi Graham, We have loved following your adventure on Facebook each day. Hope the weather is kind to you over these last few days. Look forward to seeing your final post at John O'Groats and hearing all about it.

30.05.17 Graham you are doing amazingly well. Congratulations, but keep going sir. I may double when next see you.

25.05.17 Youre doing a fantastic job,Graham.Keep at it,(1m sure you will ) and we will see you back at the lodge in September.

25.05.17 We're very impressed by your progress and welcome to Scotland! I'm June's piano playing friend.

23.05.17 Hello Graham You have now completed the 2nd week of your challenge and I am donating a pound for every day for week 2. Tomorrow you should reach Scotland, a real milestone although I suspect the 3rd week might be hard! June xxx

22.05.17 Good luck Graham - hope all is going to plan. Love Ben, Heloise, Sebastien and Beatrice. We are following you on Facebook.

21.05.17 Well done Graham - keep going!

17.05.17 Hello Graham You have now completed a whole week's cycling which I think is a milestone (or two hundred) and I am sending you a pound for every day completed. With my love, June

16.05.17 Hello Graham June is keeping me up to date with your cycle challenge. I hope all goes well and I will be thinking of you. Auntie Frances

15.05.17

15.05.17 We met in the premier Inn Bridgwater at breakfast. Good luck.

08.05.17 Good Luck Graham. Hope you enjoy the challenge as well as raising the money for a great cause.

02.05.17 Fantastic effort. Lovely to meet you at Boldrewood.

£1,763.80

Running total

Target:
£1,500.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£1,876.05
Total donors:
29
Last donor:
Steven Morton
22.08.17  
Offline fundraising:
£1,059.80
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