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Closed 05/02/2023

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    Weʼve raised £3,350 to fund a "Linking Up Against Loneliness" Project with Age Concern Petersfield and District

    Funded on Sunday, 5th February 2023

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    Hi, I'm Nicky Gardner and after retiring from policing I have been involved in Volunteering for Age Concern Petersfield and District, I drive the minibus for lunch club, going around to collect some of those unable to attend without transport assistance and taking them home again afterwards. Covid came along and the charity supported many local older residents by providing meals twice a week and delivering prescriptions. We also put together a weekly newsletter, which included interviews with some of the users and the volunteers. One question was "what do you miss most during lockdown?", the overwhelming response was face to face contact with people and that many felt quite lonely. This issue of loneliness affects many people locally and I decided to work with Age Concern Petersfield to create a project that follows on with the amazing work they already undertake enriching the lives of older people.

    I am undertaking a "Dream Challenge" ride from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia cycling about 260 miles and it seemed an ideal opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the "Linking Up Against Loneliness" project. The project will run for a six-month trial and if successful will be taken on full-time by the Charity.

    I have self funded my challenge, so all your money will go directly to support the project. It will pay for transport, a co-ordinator to link volunteers and those older people seeking social interactions plus tea and cake funds for those lovely meetings!



    • Nicola Gardner1 year ago
      Nicola Gardner

      Nicola Gardner

      1 year ago

      Home safely! Miles done, perspiration spend and loads of wonderful memories and new cultural experiences. Truly fab! Thank you again so much for your support on this challenge 😎. I’ll keep the page open until 1st January and see how we do but we haven’t done badly so far👍

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    • Nicola Gardner1 year ago
      Nicola Gardner

      Nicola Gardner

      1 year ago

      Woo hoo made it! Yesterday was magical, beautiful country and lovely people. Amazing orange soil and animals running about everywhere!!! Today we cycled to Angkor Wat. Wow what an amazing sight, such delicate carving and colossal in size and precision. What a privilege. Thank you so much for the donations to ACP’s loneliness project! It will make a difference 😊

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    • Nicola Gardner1 year ago
      Nicola Gardner

      Nicola Gardner

      1 year ago

      Hi all, well I crossed into Cambodia yesterday, river trip from vietnam to get through border, then up to Penom Penh. No cycling yesterday but a visit to killing fields in the afternoon. Very thought provoking and hard hitting. The political and social history continues to be very powerful and relevant. Back on bikes today, hot, windy and rutted was the flavour of the day, another 38 miles today. 😊

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    • Nicola Gardner

      Nicola Gardner

      Jan 18, 2023

      Thought I’d make it up to a round number! 😊


    • Hilary Ayer

      Hilary Ayer

      Jan 4, 2023

      Well done Nicky.


    • Lorna Hazzard

      Lorna Hazzard

      Dec 29, 2022

      Amazing Nicky a charity close to my heart


    • John and Julie (from lunch club)

      John and Julie (from lunch club)

      Dec 20, 2022

      Well done on the ride! 👍


    • Maureen Willett

      Maureen Willett

      Dec 15, 2022

      Well done Nicky


    • Astrid


      Dec 13, 2022


    • Ron Burton

      Ron Burton

      Dec 6, 2022

      A wonderful achievement!


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