Alton Webteam: June 2017
Sarah Neish who many of you will know as the host of the recent Auction of Promises and a member of the Parish of the Resurrection is planning to undertake a huge challenge . She has sent the following message:
C2C Bike ride across the Pyrenees — Coast to Coast for Cameron
As you may already know this September I am taking part in what for me is a massive challenge: cycling Coast to Coast across the Pyrenèes, from Biarritz on the Atlantic to Argèles sur Mer on the Mediterranean. This is not just a long distance cycle ride — though at over 700km it certainly qualifies as that, it also involves some major-league climbing. In the space of just 5 days we will climb about 13.5km, which is 11/2 times the height of Everest! Needless to say I have been putting in some serious miles to train for this and thanks to a very supportive family and friends I am immersed. You can read more about those of us taking part and the challenge which we have taken on at our Blog site (.
Why am I putting myself through this? In memory of Cameron Bespolka, a lovely quirky teenager with a passion for wildlife and conservation in general and birding in particular, who cruelly died in a skiing accident three years ago, aged just 16. In his memory his parents (Corinne and Kevin) have set up the www.cameronbespolka.com a charity devoted to introducing young people to nature and inspiring them to love and appreciate it. With all the administrative costs of the charity covered by the family, ever pound donated goes straight to the work that it carries out. As you will see from its website the scope of that work is already very impressive for such a young charity, sponsoring a considerable number of projects to help young people connect with the outdoors. The particular focus of fundraising this year is Cameron's Cottage, destined to be a place where young people can experience nature at first hand. Your donation will help realise this.
If you would like to support us, that would be wonderful. There is a donations page (. And as Megan, Cameron's sister said, "No donation is ever too small.....everything donated goes directly to the charity and out hope is to spread Cameron's love of birds and nature. We appreciate everything."
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