Story

About 100 people a day lose their sight due to preventable conditions; it can happen to anyone, but recently it happened to my mum. She lives alone, so things are difficult for her, but the highlight of her day is listening to talking books supplied by the RNIB, whilst the highlight of her week is visiting Bradbury Fields, a centre for the blind in Liverpool.

I am in the Royal Navy and living in Fareham, HANTS, so I don't get home to Liverpool as much as I would like. I joined the Navy at 17 in 1982 and initially served in the Submarine Service, based at HMS Dolphin, Gosport. I am currently based at HMS Collingwood in Fareham.

I recently took to cycling, as I hate driving to work, and I thought it would be great if I could cycle to Liverpool. Always up for a challenge, I decided I would try and raise money for the RNIB, hoping to sponsor more talking books for their library.

On Jul 3, I set of from HMS Victory in Portsmouth and made my way over Portsdown Hill and across the South Downs to Winchester, before heading NW to Shrivenham, where I stopped for the night. After an early rise on 4 Jul, I set off on a 110-mile journey and headed north through Gloucestershire, Worcestshire and the Midlands, arriving at Albrighton, near Wolverhampton at around 9.00pm. This was the longest and most difficult leg of my journey, made more difficult through the non-stop rain. On 5 Jul, I set off from Albrighton and passed through Shawbury, Wem, and Whitchurch, before making my way through Cheshire, across the Runcorn Bridge and into Liverpool. I visited Bradbury Fields for the blind, in West Derby, before finishing my 286 mile journey at the Liver Building, where I was met by staff from the RNIB.

I enjoyed the challenge and as the route took me across country, using mainly minor roads, I got to see the beauty of the English countryside. However, the English weather was a bit of a dampener. I also found navigation a little more difficult than anticipated, as I did it without GPS and used mainly directions that I had written from my studying of Google Maps. Lessons learned - padded shorts are a must, whilst GPS would have been extremely useful. However, now that it is finished, I have a sense of achievement and can look forward to my next challenge. Perhaps the English Coast!

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Raising money for

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Charity Registration No. 226227

RNIB - helping blind and partially sighted people. Every day another 100 people will start to lose their sight. RNIB is the leading UK charity offering practical support & information to anyone with a sight problem. We campaign to eliminate avoidable sight loss and support research into eye health.

Donations 57

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Sorry it's taken us so long to do this!! Well done, such an achievement and for a very good cause! Lots of love Kathryn and Ben xxxx

Donation by Kathryn O'Shaughnessy on 20/08/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 16/07/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Chris Pritchard on 10/07/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Jenny Reeve

Donation by Paul O'Shaughnessy on 10/07/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by David Baines on 10/07/12

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

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Donation from Phil Brindley, Andrea Neale and Dickie Bird

Donation by Paul O'Shaughnessy on 09/07/12

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Michaela Hogg on 09/07/12

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

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Donation by Paul O'Shaughnessy on 07/07/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 29/06/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation from Jane - Collingwood

Donation by Paul O'Shaughnessy on 29/06/12

£20.00

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Rather you than me! Best of luck.

Donation by Tim Campbell on 27/06/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Scouse! Good luck with it all - a very worthy cause! I wish you a quick and painless trip!

Donation by Matt Parkin on 26/06/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Darren MGS- Liverpool Road Gate on 17/06/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Good luck Paul - take in Goodison Park when you get there.

Donation by Michelle's Dad on 17/06/12

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Paul on your rather strenuous journey!! Will get out and train with you soon!

Donation by Dave Prentice on 28/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Paul, go like the wind, love from Mum xx

Donation by Patricia O'Shaughnessy on 21/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Please take that shot gun away from my head ... ... I've donated!!!!! [Keep your powder dry and fire on the downward roll]

Donation by Damon Spearpoint on 09/05/12

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Alun Pilgrim

Donation by Paul O'Shaughnessy on 08/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Go Chief! All the very best to you and your mother.

Donation by Dan Bell on 06/05/12

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck Paul xxx

Donation by Ann Marie Miceli on 05/05/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Donated by Paul King (BJ)

Donation by Paul O'Shaughnessy on 01/05/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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I still you are nuts. Good luck.

Donation by g birrell on 28/04/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Paul.

Donation by Neil O'Dell on 19/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Please give your mother our best regards.

Donation by Derek Watkins on 13/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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good luck Paul. I hope you are looking forward to walking like john wayne for a while. Take a cushion. Pinch

Donation by andrew martin on 12/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,065.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,065.00
  • Gift Aid£238.75

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