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Alex Hills

Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]If you're interested and not seen them elsewhere, I'm keeping a video diary of my progress. You can see them at http://Vimeo.com/showcase/7453210[/p][p]Hi, the trip has now been successfully completed, with minimal problems, Ruth and I really enjoyed the trip. A big THANK YOU to all who sponsored me (if you haven't there is still time...) and sent messages of encouragement along the way, very motivating. Thanks to you I smashed my target; the money will make a big difference to the work of Church Army and the lives of vulnerable people. Now back at work :( but resting my body and thinking about my next challenge. [/p][p]From 13-26th August I shall be undertaking the Land’s End to John O’Groats Cycle challenge. Originally this was to be as a part of a group; however for COVID-19 related reasons the group challenge was postponed. However,having got all psyched up, not to mention cycling fit, for it I wanted to continue and my wife, Ruth kindly agreed to be my support party in ‘Homey’ our new (to us) camper van. It is about a 1500 km challenge, depending on exact routes and how lost I get. [/p][p]To give me extra motivation and keep me going when muscles ache and the back hurts and the nether regions are sore, I want to raise funds for the work of the Church Army, a Charity which Ruth is a part of. They work with the poor and vulnerable, those left behind in our society. In this current crisis Church Army have been particularly active in supporting those who have been most affected.[/p][p]Church Army runs the Marylebone Project in London - one of the largest women's homeless hostels in the country, providing 40,000 bed nights to homeless women and helping to resettle them into their own homes.[/p][p]Church Army provides accommodation to homeless young people in Cardiff.[/p][p]Church Army literally helps save lives of young people who have experience of self-harm and mental ill health.[/p][p]In addition, there are hundreds of Church Army people working around the country in hospitals, in prisons, on tough estates, in isolated rural communities, in churches sometimes but mostly on the streets meeting people where they are. In mess. In desperation. In chaos.[/p][p]They offer a handout and a hand up. They bring practical help. But most importantly they bring hope. We can't live without hope yet many people right now in the UK and Ireland believe they're forgotten; they're overlooked and that their lives are worthless.[/p][p]Closer to home, Ruth works primarily into the Townhill Estate in Southampton where she runs and co-ordinates a number of initiatives including ‘EDGE’ which evolved from a children’s activity session into something which involves parents and a community meal. This successfully moved on-line during lock-down, although Ruth does manage (socially distanced) face-to face meet-ups and support for many individuals. An off shoot of EDGE also evolved, enabling the parents to talk without constant interuptions from children. This group then converted to an on-line Alpha (a course to explore Christianity) by popular demand.[/p][p] Lockdown has been very difficult for many of the families, especially home schooling. One family confessed they had no pens or paper at home; something Ruth could easily help with. Food parcels, emotional support, a monetary gift to keep a car essential for work on the road and support for battered women have all been part of Ruth’s work over the last few weeks. Where a need is identified this is carefully considered and where some giving is required, this can be posted on on-line church groups, with members very willing to provide support as required. For example, one lady recently injured herself in a fall at home and was on full bed-rest and unable to cook for her partner and five children. Volunteers from the church rallied around and a meal rota was set-up. A team of volunteers were also put together to help sort out a flat which was in poor condition; this prevented children from a vulnerable family potentially being taken into care. [/p][p] [/p][p] So, the real challenge here of course is not what I shall be doing, but for us all to play a part to create a society where Church Army is not needed.[/p][p] [/p][p] Please help support this work by sponsoring for this Cycling challenge this year. I am funding the trip, so every penny you can give will go to this worthwhile cause. Thank you.[/p][p] [url=https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%https://www.churcharmy.org/Groups/289758/Church_Army/web/What_we_do/What_we_do.aspx[/url][/p][p] [/p][p] [/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

13 Aug 2020


Sep 18, 2020

Trevor Ogden

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 15, 2020


£200.00 plus £50.00 Gift Aid

Sep 7, 2020

Glen and Grace Doris

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 7, 2020

Mike Sarson

Sep 7, 2020


Sep 3, 2020

Addition from Cash given

Addition from Off-line amount (cash) given. (£100 Peter and Michael, £20 Terry (No 20), £20 Mary Hills, £10 Margaret Young, £6 - Taunton camp site, Mary Fox - £54)


Sep 2, 2020


Great work Alex - fantastic achievement!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 2, 2020

Linda Howard

Congratulations. You did it. In my youthful days, I loved to cycle, but I never got further than 35 miles each way. So very well done.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 1, 2020

Sharron Mcghee

Congratulations Speedy Blessings

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 1, 2020


Congrats Alex! wishing you and Ruth all the best with this great work.