[p]Well, it’s been just over a week since I finished the ride and I am glad to say my legs and body have stopped aching. My knees however are still playing up😔.[/p][p]i am overwhelmed by the amount of support I received in words, donations and those little emoji things. Thank you very much. It’s because of that support I made it. Your support kept pushing me to keep going. Currently, it’s at £8337 which is immense...but like the ride we can’t stop there. Can we get to £10000? That would help so many children and ensure they have fuller tummies and bigger smiles. I have sold the bike I bought for the challenge and that will be added to the total making it around £8700.[/p][p]it was without doubt the toughest I have done so far and it challenges me in so many ways. I keep getting flash backs to days, events and places I visited-physically, mentally and emotionally. All of which, at the time, made me stop and think-Can I carry on? The answer was always yes. The cause was far greater than the pain at the time.[/p][p]i am now still resting and recovering and building up my depleted energy levels and whilst doing this thinking about what could be my next challenge. Yes, I know, I’m crackers. Any ideas?[/p][p]In the meantime, back to school in September with all the children back-which I’m really looking forward to. School is the best place for children in so many ways and during these tough times they have struggled.[/p][p]Thank you again for everything you have done for me. It’s because of that that we managed to compete the cycle.[/p][p][br][/p][p]For the last 14 weeks and for three more I have been walking round and delivery free school meals for the children of our school (Western Primary School) ensuring they got their meal; checked they and their family were ok; kept a check on our most vulnerable children and families; supported the families to follow the lockdown rules; deliver homework and support with teaching at their gate; and to keep the connection between school and home solid proving that the school motto 'The school that cares' is true to it's word. Showing that we care for them in school and out of school; even during the most challenging of times. By the time I finish delivering the meals I would have walked over 550 miles; delivered more than 7000 meals and carried over 4 tonne-but have loved every minute of it.[/p][p]I will deliver my last meals on 16th July and then, thanks to the amazing efforts of Marcus Rashford, they will go onto vouchers to support our most vulnerable children and families through the Summer Holidays. This is something that I am passionate about and hope continues through future Summer Holidays and that is why I am raising money for two amazing charities. [/p][p]One national and this is [b]https://www.mealsandmore.org.uk Meals & More[/b] aims to provide support to children who live with poverty and social isolation and have limited access to adequate food provision and activity throughout school holiday periods.[/p][p]Simple - we want to reduce and eradicate ‘Holiday Hunger’ by supporting holiday provision in communities across the UK. A third of children in the UK currently live in poverty and while they may have access to free school meals during term time, they are not guaranteed a nutritious evening meal during term-time or during school holidays. Meals & More also aims to provide children attending its funded clubs the opportunity to take part in enriching educational activities, in a safe and family-friendly environment.[/p][p]One local which is [b]FLAG http://www.flaggrimsby.co.uk[/b] They support SEND children and their aim is to enrich their lives by providing recreational activities, developing social and independence skills and empowering them to play a rightful place in the community and to provide them with a safe and supported environment where they can meet and play with their friends and develop recreational and independence skills.[/p][p]Now to the challenge and a challenge it is. One that as far as I know has never been done before. I am going to cycle, unsupported and on my own and camping most nights, with a trailer from Cleethorpes (Ross Castle) around the Capital City Castles of the British Isles. I will cycle to Edinburgh Castle - Belfast Castle - Dublin Castle - Cardiff Castle - The Tower of London and then finally back to Ross Castle in Cleethorpes. This will be around 1500 miles in total and I am hoping to complete it within 3 weeks. I am hoping to leave Cleethopres on the 25th July and head up to Edinburgh. This will undoubtedly be extremely difficult but I know I have dogged resilience that wont let me fail the most vulnerable in our country. [/p][p]I will do a daily log of all what happens on way round so you will be able to keep in touch and spread the word. The more money raised, the more children that will be supported in times when they need it most.[/p][p]Thank you very much. [/p]
Dear Mr. Powles
We heard a Report about your project on Swiss Radio by Patrik Wuelser.
We wish you further great success with it and hope the future will get brighter.
Irmgard und Richard Iseli, Winterthur, Switzerland
Sep 14, 2020
I've heard about your project on Swiss radio. Congratulations for your efforts and all the best from Switzerland!
Sep 11, 2020
Well done Zane. You’re showing everyone what heart Grimbarians have, putting the great into Great Grimsby! 👏👏
Sep 11, 2020
Sep 9, 2020
Said you would get to 10 grand well done your one fan guy xx
Sep 8, 2020
You are an inspiration, Zane! Keep up the incredible work!