Back in England

Good evening,

Back in England today and heading towards Leicester.

A rather fierce looking face at the start of the video today but it has been a relatively good day on the bike.

I have to squeeze other things in and around the cycling so do a 30 minute cycle and then dash off to do bits from my list.

Hair cut was one such break today!

We are close to £2000 now which is wonderful.

I have, however, run out of messages from sponsors so please, if you area reading this, send me a sentence or two.


Only 948 miles left to go!

To get the total under 1000 seemed to be a milestone to me!

Today, I have been thinking about something that was in a recent email from Sandra. There are children waiting to be sponsored. Could you be their sponsor? I think you will be able to tell from the messages from our sponsors and their reference to frequent updates and photos, that NewDawn India is a charity that puts you, the sponsor, at the heart of the work, right alongside the child and their family.

Think about it, ask Sandra for more information.

Leaving Wales tomorrow and heading to the midlands.

405 Miles Complete

Good evening,

405 miles seems a significant number – over a quarter of the way there!

Today I wanted to again say thankyou for all your messages both for me and the children! There are still 20 days to go so plenty of time to send them in.

Encouraging news today from Madurai. These are words from Jim:

Below Jim tells us about the weekly activity set by Vidiyal for the younger children in the various communities. There has been no schooling for this age group since the first outbreak and the Vidiyal team has been working hard to keep the children motivated and learning.

Last week we had storytelling sessions for children as a daily activity for the children belonging to beginner and primary age groups. Our volunteers collected children in small groups and told them a story divided into six episodes. Each episode ends with a suspense knot which kindled the interest in children to come for the next day’s session. Children who couldn’t come for the session because of various reasons were reached through mobile phones. I am enclosing photos for you.

This only works because of the dedication of the volunteers who have been supervising activities for the children in their communities during the lockdown. (The volunteers are older Vidiyal youngsters, now at college, who want to give back to Vidiyal by working with the children in their spare time.)

Another hard day of cycling but very encouraging news from Madurai where they have been moved out of the ‘Red Zone’ this means that some of the daily wage earners will be able to return to work. It also means that the team can plan to resume distributing the relief kits.

Tomorrow we shall arrive in Wales! A landmark day/

My adjudicator is already thinking about when we finish on June 29th and how we should mark the occasion – I admire her faith! It still feels a very long way off.