About the group
Started off as a solo (Christina), trekking 100k for The British Heart Foundation, recruited another (Sharon) the following year and now for this challenge we have Jim on board too. This challenge is more than the 3 peaks though, please read on......
Our fundraising page.
Fundraising for Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes and Pengwern
Christina's story...On the 3rd and 4th of June myself and 2 team mates will be taking on Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon then to finish off an 18.5km lap around Lake Vyrnwy, we hope to achieve this in around 30 hours and here's why......
On the 23rd December 2014 we lost my Step Dad to a heart attack, he was working as a tree surgeon at the time and collapsed in his cherry picker, he died pretty much instantly, we never got to say goodbye. Since his death I have raised funds in his memory, I do this by carrying his heavy Stihl steel chainsaw boots on my back, that way I feel like he's walking with me, not a day goes by that I don't miss him, I feel that he's still near by, watching over. I have so far taken part in 2 x 100k treks raising £3,000 for the British Heart Foundation. I hope if he is watching over he can see how missed and loved he is and always will be.
Also coming up to 2 years ago, we lost my Uncle Idris, he had a heart attack too, he was one of the kindest and most generous men ever, he was entirely passionate about raising money for Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes. On his final journey he was escorted not only by a huge amount of wonderful bikers from The Raven Riders, but he also had Blood Bikes surrounding him and our family, it was an incredible tribute to him. The Blood Bikes honoured him by naming one of their bikes after him. My family are so proud and touched by this and we know he would be too.
The Blood Bikes assist the NHS in their own words "by helping them in their mission of relieving sickness and protecting life and health, by the provision of wholly volunteer-supported out-of-hours transport for urgently-needed blood, drugs, human tissue, donated breast milk and any other urgent medical requirements, both between hospitals and to, or from, blood or human milk banks, together with scheduled collections from breast milk donors".
These amazing volunteers work around the clock to help get urgent items to patients fast, they give up their time to not only be a key part of the collection and delivery service, but they spend their time promoting and fundraising too.
Sharon and Jim's story.....
After two of us completed the 100km trek last year, we have now expanded to ‘a small group’ and this year will be attempting to trek the 3 peaks - no mean feat in itself! PLUS Lake Vyrnwy, all in around 30 hours eek!
Why are we taking part in this crazy adventure?
Because when we look at our friends around us and see what they have endured and continue to do so with a smile on their face: A lot of extra training, pain, up and down moments, no sleep, banter and perseverance is minuscule really.
We are all members of the Pengwern BC, a local voluntary run rowing club that prides its self on being inclusive - but we desperately need to raise funds to make the club more accessible to everyone that would like to use it. Our club not only offers rowing and fitness activities but it also provides a hub for anyone wanting to be part of a fun, friendly and supportive environment.
Where will we use the money raised?
Our biggest issue is the accessibility to our beautiful Tudor building - Built in 1881, unfortunately, without the knowledge of how the people of today would use it.
Its main communal room is located upstairs and houses our rowing machines, bar and the seating area where we all, or some of us, are able to get together.
On a Tuesday morning we offer adaptive rowing for a group of people who have been paralysed. So far we have been able to provide the specialist equipment needed to do this but getting from the outside of the club down to the pontoon is tricky and we need more ramps to make this as easy as possible. We would also like, with your help, to ultimately raise enough money to be able to provide access for all to the communal rooms upstairs. As a club we feel it is so important to take away these needless access issues.
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