The 2012 home Olympics, Paralympics and torch procession inspired Steve to take up another Sport in addition to sailing. Cycling was a fantastic one to choose in that it is easily accessible, can cater for a range of budgets and types of cycling and can be undertaken alone, with friends or family, or as part of an organised group or club.
Never to do things by half, Steve's challenge for 2013 is to do LEJOG ("Lands End to John O'Groats"). He is doing this with a friend, Robert, and they are hoping to raise £10,000 for Tynedale Hospice.
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LEJOG - The 1,001 Mile Bike Ride
In June 2013 Robert Bluck and Steve Gibbon (combined age 121 years) will be cycling 1,001 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for Tynedale Hospice at Home. *
They will be cycling for 16 days with two rest days, passing through Okehampton, Taunton, Bristol, Gloucester, Worcester, Lancaster, Kendal, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Perth, and Inverness.
They are looking for both personal and commercial sponsors and hoping to raise £10,000 in all. This means raising £10 for every mile they ride! Please give whatever you can – you can even specify which mile or miles you would like to sponsor!
Why they’re doing it?
Both of them have a personal contact with the Hospice. Robert has been working as a volunteer for the last three years, supporting people whose loved ones have recently died. Steve came into contact with the Hospice through the tragic death of two friends: the Hospice provided support for the family at this difficult time.
Who are they?
Robert (the older bald one) is a Zen Buddhist, retired librarian and university tutor. He has been riding a bike for many years and has special cycling legs which still work when he gets tired. His current ambitions include cycling round Scotland and ignoring technological progress. Robert’s biggest worries are that Steve will (a) try to explain the technology to him and (b) get faster and overtake him.
Steve (the younger one) has retired early from a career in information management, but finds it difficult to fit everything he wants to do into the week. He took up cycling after being inspired by the 2012 Olympics. He will be providing the communications technology to cover the event (Robert can barely use a mobile phone). Steve’s biggest worry is that he won’t be able to keep up with the older but fitter Robert.
They are both married but their wives have declined to drive the support vehicle at 12 mph for 1,001 miles. They are therefore undertaking this event unsupported and have organised all their accommodation en route, carrying their clothes and equipment on the bikes. Robert and Steve are paying all their own expenses for the event so that every pound you give will go to Tynedale Hospice at Home.
* The aim of Tynedale Hospice at Home is to enhance the development of palliative care in West Northumberland in line with the Department of Health “Improving End of Life Care Agenda” and the requirements from our Primary Health Care Teams.
The Hospice at Home service provides a home nursing service using qualified nurses and support workers for those with a life-limiting illness.
Their aim is to support both patients and their carers, aiming to improve quality of life for patients and their families by providing palliative nursing care and practical support, giving people the choice of being cared for at home. This care will be delivered in partnership with the Primary Care Teams working in our locality.
They are committed as a partner, to the West Northumberland Palliative Care Pathway and Advance Care Planning Initiative, working together to improve care at the end of life.
Care is offered to patients living in West Northumberland, including Scots Gap and Ponteland. The service will also be provided to patients living in Residential Care Homes.
THH aims to provide an equitable service that is flexible and responsive to patient and carer need, working with them to meet this need. The provision of this care is free of charge.
You can find out more about Tynedale Hospice here.