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Becky Boucherat

Bangor to Bristol Cycle Challenge 2019

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I've signed up to do a ridiculous thing on a bike to support the communities we at Temwa partner with. I've said yes to cycling over 220 miles from Bangor, north west Wales, to Bristol, over 4 days. I don't even cycle a lot in life or around Bristol, I actually mostly just really like yoga and my thighs get very angry when faced with mega hills. My energy levels are also not often my best friend. So a challenge in all the ways.[/p][p]However, I'm hoping it will make an impact that's worth it - through your support. I also persuaded an incredible group to take part in the Land's End to Bristol cycle challenge last year - so I'm also proving that I meant every word of that persuasion, by persuading myself. I saw how intense it was for them, and how hard and how many ridiculous hills they tackled but also how inspiring they all were and how strong the team became and how many hilarious rude conversations they had and, importantly, the utter sense of achievement when they made it to the finish line, both because they actually made it to the finish line in one piece but also because of the actual life changing funds they and their supporters had managed to raise. They did amazingly. So... here goes my turn...[/p][p]I'll be raising funds for Temwa, and although I work for them, I also thoroughly believe in their ethos and way of working. As a small charity you can trust the journey of your donation from your laptop to the communities in Malawi.[/p][p]Temwa partners with remote communities in northern Malawi, where people are empowered to tackle the root causes of poverty (not just the symptoms) and transform their futures through interlinked programmes, developing self-sufficient, sustainable livelihoods, healthier families and a happier natural environment. [/p][p][b]Different ways you can help[/b][/p][p]As a digestible way of understanding the impact you can make, the list below helps to put donations into context. If the cause resonates with you, too, and you're able to offer any support at all I'll be so grateful![/p][p]I've also included some good news from 2018 at the end of this little bio, so you can gain an insight as to what your donations help to achieve...[/p][p]£216 can keep a child in secondary school for one year (covering school fees, travel, uniform, books and supplies)[/p][p]£100 can plant 200 trees![/p][p]£50 can train a lead farmer to train and support other farmers and families in their community, to develop sustainable methods of farming that work with their local environment and can provide a more stable supply of food to reduce the impact of regular hunger seasons[/p][p]£25 can plant 50 trees![/p][p]£10 can equip a peer educator for 1 month to provide HIV support and education[/p][p]£5 can provide a person with access to safe drinking water for 3 years, dramatically reducing the risk of water-borne diseases[/p][p]£1 can plant 2 trees![/p][p][b]Something for you![/b][/p][p]If you'd like a way to donate in a way that gives you some goodness in return, I'll be offering some donation based yoga classes in Bristol throughout summer, as well as various other fundraising fun things involving food and films, so keep in touch / an eye on my Facebook page and Instagram (@booshtakesphotos)[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]If you'd like to help but aren't able to donate, that's totally fine![/b][/p][p]I'll be needing training friends to join me on long summer cycles, both in Bristol and Dorset and anywhere in between. So joining me on your bike would be an amazing way to help, too! [/p][p]Sharing my fundraising page with your friends so it reaches more people can also be an amazing way of supporting :)[/p][p]Or baking some cakes for a cake sale![/p][p][br][/p][p][b]The Finishing Line[/b][/p][p]The finishing line will be at the Bristol Beer Factory on North Street on Sunday 15th September... most likely around 5 ish? But time is very much TBC. You'd be so welcome to join us there for a delirious beer or three on our return.[/p][p]If you'd like to know or ask more about Temwa or the challenge, feel free to get in touch! [/p][p]If you'd like to join the challenge, too, do it![/p][p]You can also follow Temwa online (@TemwaUK), head to the website (www.temwa.org) or sign up to the monthly mailer, which brings stories from Malawi and UK based fundraising updates: [url=****/TemwaMonthlies]****/TemwaMonthlies[/url][/p][p]Thank you SO much! [/p][p]I'll keep you posted on the training, the challenge and the angry thighs.[/p][p]With much love from Becky[/p][p]xxx[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][i]Since last year:[/i][/p][p][i]Over 2,000 families have been trained and supported to use sustainable agriculture - using forest cover and organic manure and other techniques - to grow more crops and preserve the land. Seven out of ten reported that they already had more to eat as a result. [/i][/p][p][i]Nearly 100,000 trees have been planted - that’s an area the size of 116 football pitches reforested.[/i][/p][p][i]We are now helping communities form Farmer Associations and enterprises so that they can grow new and resilient livelihoods that create income for rural communities, meaning less people have to resort to deforestation. 17 Farmer Associations and 13 forest-friendly community enterprises have been set up since 2018[/i][/p][p][i]In Education:[/i][/p][p][i] Our extra-curricular Reading Camps now reach 1,000 primary age children per week - improving their literacy, test results and performance.[/i][/p][p][i]School bursaries helped 25 poor but gifted students, more than half of whom are girls, overcome the financial and practical barriers to attending secondary school.[/i][/p][p][i]There was an increased attendance at the Usisya Community Library, with over 3,500 visitors in 2018. The number of female visitors has increased 15-fold since 2016.[/i][/p][p][i]Local schools, community libraries and reading camps now have more than 17,000 books and other educational materials – providing crucial resources to students and the wider community.[/i][/p][p][i]Two Village Reading Groups for young women, a hostel for girls and female toilets are expected to improve literacy amongst girls and women, and enhance girls’ secondary school enrolment and retention.[/i][/p][p][i]In Health:[/i][/p][p][i]Over 400 people were tested for HIV, and Teen Clubs and HIV Support Groups helped 250 HIV-positive teens, their guardians and adults to live positively with HIV and AIDS.[/i][/p][p][i]Our water and sanitation project expanded to two new villages, bringing safe drinking water to over 3,300 people. As a result, there has been a vast reduction in cases of water-borne diseases and community-wide changes have made notable improvements in relation to water, sanitation and hygiene. [/i][/p][p][i]At a time when our world can feel unsettled, it fills us with hope to see what can be achieved when communities come together. Thank you for being an integral part of this![/i][/p][p][i]With the environment at the forefront of public discussion it is also important to recognise achievements the communities in Malawi are making in this area. Beyond strengthening their own communities against unpredictable weather and improving their local environment, the impacts they are making help and inspire us all - tree planting is vitally important for the health of the planet, as are sustainable methods of farming. [/i][/p][p]xxxxxxx[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Sep 25, 2019


Superwoman! Xx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 22, 2019


Sorry for the late donation but well done you hero! Xx

Sep 16, 2019

Tom g

Well done amazing work xx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 13, 2019


You are an amazing human! I wish I could sponsor you ten times this amount! I hope it's going as well as it can and I hope that you're all enjoying it as much as possible. Thank you for being brilliant! Jo

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 11, 2019

Stephen Campbell

Go on Becky! Well done for all of your organisation and training and recruiting to get this far. You are doing a fantastic job. Enjoy the next few days and see you at the finish line!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 11, 2019

Jess and Marc

Good luck girl ! Keep peddling !

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 11, 2019


So impressive you are taking on this challenge Becky. Go well and enjoy!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 9, 2019


Gooood luck lovely - you’ll smash it! And well done for raising so much, amazing work! X

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 8, 2019


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 6, 2019