Neil Baverstock

Neil Baverstock

I am cycling from Land's End to John o'Groats


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]Reading Force[/b] began when we were based in [b]Aldershot[/b], home of the British Army, for nearly four years. We really enjoyed our time there and, sadly, it was where I finished my military career.[/p][p]It had been our experience as a family that [u]sharing books helped us keep in touch[/u] - with each other, our four children, and our wider family. We found this worked during periods of absence and unsettling change, which are part and parcel of military life, but also during ordinary times. This connectivity through book sharing grew into Reading Force, which was launched in 2011 - and so has just celebrated ten years. You can find out more at [/p][p] [b]To mark the tenth anniversary, of what is now a registered charity, meeting the needs of Forces families worldwide, I am delighted to be raising money for them. I've twice completed Ride London for the same cause, but this time am planning on going further![/b][/p][p]So far Reading Force has circulated over [u]170,000 free reading scrapbooks[/u] and over [u]21,000 free books[/u] to military families throughout the world, promoting the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of those involved. The charity has worked with military families of all sorts. Their [b]approach has always been really inclusive[/b], welcoming veterans, reservists as well as former military families, separated by divorce or relationship breakdown.[/p][p][i]'The best thing about reading a book together is that it helped bring our family together and we all laughed and smiled. I love reading stories in my bed at bedtime with my mum, dad and sister Isla. Family reading is fun and great!' [/i]Freya, aged 7[/p][p][i]'Some mums find it challenging to manage their children's behaviour when their dads are away on deployment. Sharing a book and encouraging them to do Reading Force with their child is an effective way of helping to ground children, sooth their complex feelings and channel their feelings into a positive and fun activity.' [/i]HIVE Information Officer who runs deployment support groups[/p][p][b]The benefits of reading last a lifetime. Reading Force is such a simple way of offering the comfort, connectivity and sheer pleasure that come from sharing books. Thank you for reading this and do please consider supporting the charity.[/b][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

11 Aug 2021


Sep 17, 2021

Cathy D

Amazing achievement ! Well done ! Great charity - thanks for raising its awareness amongst us ! Books are just so important ..


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Sep 17, 2021


Very well done


Sep 10, 2021

Bolt Burdon Kemp

Sep 9, 2021

Alison Oliver and family xxxx

Well done Neil! What an utterly fantastic achievement for such a vital and worthy cause! We’re giving thanks to God for your and Derek’s safe carriage and stamina to cycle all that way!!! Truly trailblazing!


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Sep 9, 2021




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Sep 6, 2021

Louise Allen-Jones

Brilliant achievement Neil, as an old mountain-biker, I have some idea about how it will have felt! Congratulations!

Sep 2, 2021

Diana from St Marys Church Long Ditton

Well done Neil!


Sep 2, 2021


Hi Neil, It's been over 40 years since we last saw each other. I really admire what you have done to cycle the length of the island: it must have been grueling, but then you always were one for punishing yourself! Well done!


Sep 2, 2021


Bravo, team! And all for a fantastic charity.


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 2, 2021

Sarah Davis

Well done to everyone involved including the back up team.


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