Weʼre raising £5,000 to Seeds4Success
- Crogen Corwen Denbighshire LL21 0SY
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*** i have written a personal message via justgiving to each very kind donor and message giver, but am not confident these are reaching you, if not pleaee know how exceptionally grateful I am.****
On 4th September, I am to embark on a cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, with nervousness and great trepidation, and my sister, Fiona... At my advanced years (62 yrs old), the challenge seems even greater than if I were still a “young thing”.
Over the 9-days, we will climb 52,530 feet and ride between 101-117 miles per day. I am feeling a mixture of wobbly anxiety and fierce determination to achieve my goal of completing this brutal challenge. I am training in earnest and since April have covered approximately 2,000 miles on my bicycle. Wales is not known for its “flat lands”, but has provided an excellent if not gruelling training ground over mountains and valleys.
The reason behind all this centres round the tragic death of our very dear friend Jamie Mackaness in November 2018 from a heart attack. His family were shocked to the core and whilst showing extraordinary fortitude and courage since that terrible day, the loss has left them bereft, and their lives changed forever. Jamie was known to so very many people during the course of his life, and in a vast array of capacities - he was, most importantly: husband, father, son and brother and cousin. He was also an exceptionally loyal friend to many of us, a fellow soldier and a work colleague. Those of us who were lucky enough to have come into his orb over his 61 years, witnessed a truly remarkable man, whose integrity was unsurpassed. Unsurprisingly, for a man who always put others first, he became involved in a charity, local to his home in Dorset, Seeds4Success.
"Passionate about life chances for young people, Jamie Mackaness had become involved with Seeds4Succcess, a local youth work charity based in South West Wiltshire. Having served a full career in the British Army Jamie understood the importance of empowering young people and giving them the tools to succeed. His life was tragically cut short but a mentoring programme has been set up in his name as a result of fundraising from his friends and family, to add value to the other opportunities provided by the charity www.Seeds4Success.org.uk ". Information can be seen, on Projects – Mentoring – our friends.
"This initiative ensures that young people have someone to talk to who is independent from their family, school and any other agencies, with mentors providing a consistent, stable role model in their lives. Through engagement with Seeds4Success young people are enabled to develop their social skills, build self-esteem, confidence, resilience and achieve their goals, with many being empowered to make a difference to the local community"
MaryAnne has now taken over the reins from Jamie in the mentoring programme and is working closely with her young mentees.
The charity, Jamie’s family and I would be unbelievably grateful if anyone might be kind enough to donate a few pounds to Jamie’s fund. Although Seeds4Success is local to Dorset/Wiltshire, the subject of young people’s wellbeing is relevant to us all in whatever part of the country we live. With the long-term impact of Covid on young people being far from clear, it is even more important that we offer those who are vulnerable as much support as we can during these troubled times.
And finally, I need to clarify that all the costs involved in my signing up to this journey, (organised by Threshold – Ride Across Britain) have been paid for by me, so any money raised will go direct to the charity, which being small, will appreciate every single penny donated.
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- 1 month ago
Sarah Robertson1 month ago
We did it!! Through gritted teeth we got there.. Immensely tough, hilarious times, stunning scenery, we reached John O Groats with aching limbs and massive sleep deprivation. We were accompanied by 950 fellow campers - day starting at 4.15am. Routine was: find head torch, to find loo and teeth-brushing station, collect electricals (phone, garmin etc) have breakfast in PJ's as 4am far too early for anything else get dressed (with head torch) in horizontal position in tent. At 6.30am set off for 110 mile ride. THANK YOU ALL for supporting.
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- 2 months ago
Sarah Robertson2 months ago
This is brutal!! First day now done: up at 5am, we ride 109 miles, climbed almost 10,000 feet and were in th er saddle for 8hrs 45 mins (longer and more climb due to a diversion en route) Not much sleep before day 2, riding 113 miles
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Oct 25, 2021
Well done you Sarah, what an achievement !
Oct 24, 2021
given in cash, and added to the online page
Rhys and Eleri
Oct 14, 2021
Well done Sarah, a great achievement
Oct 5, 2021
Brilliant girl. Well done you. What next?
Oct 1, 2021
This donation, given in cash very generously, by our guests staying in Crogen Wing, William and Caroline Jennings. With my grateful thanks
Sep 27, 2021
Brilliant and brave, how about crocheting now?
Sep 25, 2021
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