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raised of £15,000 target by 146 supporters

    Weʼve raised £5,835 to help fund a respite centre in Inverness for children and young adults with special needs.

    Funded on Thursday, 31st August 2023

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    My name is John Prendergast. I am 18 years old and one of seven children.

    On 14 January 2023, I will be heading out to Africa to take part in the Tour d’Afrique. This adventure will see me cycle the length of Africa, from Cairo to Cape Town; this is a distance of 5,400 miles (8,660 km). The route will go through through Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. I plan to arrive in Cape Town on 22 April 2023. We are unable to cycle through Ethiopia due to current political instability.

    I will be taking part in the Tour d’Afrique to raise vital funds for the Elsie Normington Foundation, which is a charity currently constructing a respite and play centre in Inverness for children and young adults up to the age of 30 with learning difficulties and complex special needs. This will be known as the Haven Centre and, when completed, will be Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre, providing respite and social care for these young people, as well as crucial support for their families. The centre will offer safe, happy, and appropriate activities for its service users, while their families have a short break from the unrelenting commitment of the round the clock complete and loving care that they offer.

    More information about the Haven Centre can be found here:

    My older brother, Andrew, is 20 years old, and has Autism and Down's Syndrome. Andrew left school during the lockdown in 2020, and he is yet to fully understand why he no longer has that constant place of support and activity in his routine. Growing up around the daily hardships faced by Andrew and my family, I fully understand the importance of the work being completed by the Elsie Normington Foundation and recognise the far-reaching impact that The Haven Centre will have across the Highlands. I endeavour to help Andrew, along with many other young people and their families with similar difficulties, and aid the Elsie Normington Foundation in providing a full and complete service to such an important contingent of our community.

    A small proportion of the money raised will go towards the many costs associated with this expedition. All remaining funds will be given to the Elsie Normington Foundation.

    I will be setting off just over 70 years since my grandfather, David Lessels, left his home in Dunfermline, Scotland, to complete a similar expedition. Over the course of 5 years, he walked the length and breadth of Africa, finally returning home in 1955. I am sure that he will be watching over with a wink and a smile as I follow in his footsteps and do my best to help this wonderful charity.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my page. I am extremely grateful for any donations that you might be able to make.



    • John Prendergast1 year ago
      John Prendergast

      John Prendergast

      1 year ago

      Thank you to everyone that donated to my page. I am delighted that I reached my target and handed a £15,435 cheque to the Elsie Normington. Foundation on 09 August.

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    • John Prendergast1 year ago
      John Prendergast

      John Prendergast

      1 year ago

      I’ve made it home! I can’t believe that the expedition is over. Thank you to everyone that has donated so far. There is still time.

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    • John Prendergast1 year ago
      John Prendergast

      John Prendergast

      1 year ago

      Not long to go now! Thank you so much to everyone that has donated so far.

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    Page last updated on: 8/10/2023 10.50



    • Keith Stewart

      Keith Stewart

      Jun 16, 2023

      Absolutely amazing effort, John. Really well done, and such a great cause. Chapeau. Plus est en vous (and then some!).

    • Kenneth Treacy and Emma Plain

      Kenneth Treacy and Emma Plain

      Jun 14, 2023


    • Dora and Mark Mesec ( Canadian friends of Anne)

      Dora and Mark Mesec ( Canadian friends of Anne)

      Jun 2, 2023

      Amazing feat. Well done!


    • Georgetown Bagelry

      Georgetown Bagelry

      May 29, 2023

      #bagelthat way to make a difference John!


    • Mary Beall Adler

      Mary Beall Adler

      May 29, 2023

      Great work John! You adventurous, warm-hearted, kick arse cyclist you!


    • Brenda Veighey

      Brenda Veighey

      May 26, 2023

      Well done, John!


    • Anonymous


      May 22, 2023

      John, you’re such an inspiration! Thank you for raising funds for such an important cause.


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