Like buses we have no JOGLE trips for ages, then we are lucky enough to have two at once!
A trio of fundraisers have taken on the 1000 mile cycling challenge from John O’Groats to Land’s End to support the work of bereavement charity Jigsaw (South East).
Katharine (Kat) Wray and her amazing team of friends began the journey on Sunday 18th August. Her buddy, Bex Power, was due to ride, but sadly back problems thwarted her plans.
The pair decided to cycle JOGLE following the death of Dawn Nolan – their friend Mike’s wife – from bowel cancer aged just 42. Her two little girls have inspired Kat and Bex.
A Leigh based psychotherapist, Kat has spent nine days so far battling wind, rain, aches and pains and some dodgy accommodation. However, she has a formidable team of supporters alongside her, who are pulling her through the lows and celebrating the highs. She now has less than 200 miles to go to Land’s End. She is truly a Top Kat!
Meanwhile a few days after Kat’s departure Rob Barden and Doug Bewley also set off from John O’Groats. The friends work together at Unique Technical Solutions and only decided to take on JOGLE a couple of months ago.
Both are keen cyclists but Rob had very personal reasons for fundraising for Jigsaw (South East). He said: “My father died when I was six, so I understand what children and young people are going through and I wanted to do something to help.”
Doug is a serial fundraiser for Jigsaw (South East). He hopes to inspire his children and grandchildren to always push themselves to be better people.
Based at East Court Mansion in East Grinstead since 2012, Jigsaw (South East) offers support to children and young people who have a family member with a serious, life-limiting condition. It also provides grief support to children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant family member through illness, accident, suicide or murder (through groups in Reigate, Guildford and East Grinstead).