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£2,145
raised of £1,000 target by 79 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,145 to help Pepper's- A Safe Place (our local mental health support hub).

    Oakham, Rutland
    Funded on Sunday, 21st November 2021

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    My wife and I (58) will be cycling the 2034km National Cycle Route 1 from the Shetlands to Dover in order to raise money for local mental health organisation, Pepper’s- A Safe Place.

    We retired from teaching last year and hope to complete the ride over a 3-week period starting on 1st August. The route follows the Eastern part of Scotland and England and is less well known than the Land’s End to John O’ Groats route which the pair have cycled previously. We will be camping for much of the route, but with the occasional night indoors if the weather is particularly wet.

    The ride will be a particular challenge for Ali, who 18 months ago could not get out of bed unaided. A diagnosis of Anklyosing Spondylitus, inflammatory arthritis of the spine, led to her being put on medication and exercises that 18 months later mean she is much more mobile and more pain free.

    We are so lucky to have Peppers in our local area, both in Melton Mowbray and Oakham. I know so many people now who are really suffering with their mental health. I think that a service that offers people such a lovely welcome and such great support can really help many people in our community. And that’s why we want to try and raise as much money as we can to support what they are doing.

    Pepper’s- A Safe Place provides regular drop-in sessions for people to look after their mental health and re-connect with the community. They offer a friendly welcome, peer support, a chance to relax, have fun and meet others. They also offer a drop-in session for parents with young kids or babies and can support the community on a 1:1 basis through their Friendship Project. There’s never any shortage of tea, coffee, biscuits or welcoming volunteers.

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    • Steve and Ali Gorman10 months ago
      Steve and Ali Gorman

      Steve and Ali Gorman

      10 months ago

      Well that’s it done 2,583kms (1,614 miles) all down hill😳. We’ve dragged, lifted, posted, shoved and reversed the bikes through some awful gates on what should be cycle tracks but it’s been worth it. It’s strange thinking we’ve finished after 25 days. Our packing and unpacking is down to a fine art. Our last day took us along the coast past Whitstable and Deal and finally down a long hill into Dover and the ferry port where Route 1 finally ends. From Rochester we travelled to Sittingbourne, Faversham, Canterbury, Sandwich, Deal to Dover.

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    • Steve and Ali Gorman10 months ago
      Steve and Ali Gorman

      Steve and Ali Gorman

      10 months ago

      It’s been a day of contrasts. Rural countryside to industrial waste lands, beautiful parkland to cosmopolitan chic coffee shops,people rowing on the river to people staggering along the towpath after a nights rave! Views of the city as we approached it along the canal were impressive, Our route today from Harlow to Rochester took us through Bethnal Green, Greenwich, Wandsworth, Dartford and Gravesend. We’re hoping to complete the last remaining 75 miles to Dover tomorrow 🤞.

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    • Steve and Ali Gorman10 months ago
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      Steve and Ali Gorman

      10 months ago

      Another stunning day. Not quite as long as our longest but still nearly 100miles. It’s been really interesting seeing how the architecture has changed (subtly) as you travel through different counties. Today we left Ipswich and headed through Hadleigh into Colchester (where there was a fire festival in progress in the park). Then on to Chelmsford where Essex Pride was in full swing and we cycled through the park serenaded by the bass of a rock group on stage. Finally as the sun came out to make a beautiful evening we headed into Harlow.

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    79

    • Mr B

      Mr B

      Sep 8, 2021

      Totally amazing effort by both!

      £20.00

    • Alex Blaza

      Alex Blaza

      Sep 8, 2021

      Sounded like a great adventure

      £25.00

    • David & Alex

      David & Alex

      Aug 27, 2021

      Astounding, well done!

      £25.00

    • Tracey

      Tracey

      Aug 27, 2021

      £30.00

    • Bertie

      Bertie

      Aug 26, 2021

      Many many congratulations.

    • Jenn Hollering

      Jenn Hollering

      Aug 25, 2021

      What a fantastic journey Ali and Steve!You are doing so much for the local community- such a wonderful, important cause which is well needed.Happy cycling to you both.

    • Olly Smith

      Olly Smith

      Aug 25, 2021

      Well done Steve and Ali for completing your marathon cycle. Very impressive and a great cause to raise money for!

      £50.00

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