Back in the Saddle – Update 23

On Monday I reached the next checkpoint at Hadrian’s Wall, on my exercise bike challenge (covering the distance from Land’s End to John o’Groats). The route from Bradford took me through Penrith. Strange to think that in 2013 we actually cycled through there in real life on our family holiday cycling the Coast2Coast route. I remember cycling through there very well because there was a very steep hill. I’m glad I don’t have to tackle all those hills on my exercise bike! Life has changed a lot since 2013, but positivity, amazing family and friends along with determination are keeping me going.

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A busy week of Fair4All Card applications

A laptop on a tidy desk showing the Fair4All website.

Cary talks about running the applications for a week

I’ve had a busy week sorting out Fair4All Card applications, so I wanted to take some time to talk to you about what I’ve been doing.

Last week was a bit strange as most of our team were absent for one reason or another, which meant that I had a lot of applications to keep going. I had to pick up some from part way through, and I had to take others through the entire process. 

But what is that process? Read on to find out.

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Back in the Saddle – Update 22

Today marks the anniversary of when I first started my virtual attempt to cycle the equivalent distance of a route from Land’s End to John o’Groats.  When I set off, this time last year, I thought I’d be completing about 5km a day and that I’d be able to complete the distance in round about a year.  Due to a major Chronic Fatigue flare, which started in March, 2021 really didn’t pan out the way I had envisaged.  However, I am proud to say that despite everything, I have managed to get on the exercise bike every single day.  Some days I only managed to pedal 0.25km but even these tiny distances add up and they each got me bit further along the route.  The youngest woman to climb both sides of Mount Everest and also ski solo to the South Pole, Mollie Hughes, said a great thing in an interview recently.  It was something along the lines of, when you are doing a challenge, it’s not about aiming to reach the goal, it’s about achieving the best you can each day.  I wholeheartedly agree with that.

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Back in the Saddle – Update 21

I’ve made it one final checkpoint before my original predicted finish date for my Back in the Saddle exercise bike challenge. I am now in the Yorkshire Dales National Park! It’s a very long way to the next checkpoint at Hadrian’s Wall – 170km to be precise. Might take me a while to get there I think, even if I do keep managing to do 4-5km a day. Something between 34 and 42 days I reckon. Lots of pedaling to do.

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Back in the Saddle – Update 20

I’ve now reached Bradford and, miracle of miracles, I’ve also passed the half way point! Yippee!!! This virtual challenge of cycling the distance from Land’s End to John o’Groats is taking me far longer than I ever thought it would, but with a bit of stubborn determination and a lot of encouragement from all of you, my amazing friends and family, I am slowly but surely getting there.

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Back in the Saddle – Update 19

I am now in the beautiful Peak District National Park and 49% of the way through my virtual journey. I still can’t quite believe how far I’ve managed to cycle each day for the last few weeks. I’ve even managed 1 day were I hit the heady heights of 5km on my trusty exercise bike! That was what I was thinking I’d be achieving everyday, the whole way through this challenge You never know, at this rate I might make it to John o’Groats by the 1.5 anniversary (24 July 2022) of when I started, rather than my original predicated end date (24 January 2022). However, whenever I get there is fine with me. It’s not like someone’s going to come along and move the finishing post.

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Back in the Saddle – Update 18

In my last update I said that I hoped to get to the next checkpoint before the end of the year and I have actually managed it! Just got to Sheffield. If things had gone to plan, I would only be about 25 days away from finishing, but at least I am now making better progress again now. Every turn of the pedals gets me that little bit further from Land’s End and a tiny bit closer to John o’Groats. My next stop is the Peak District National Park and I believe it’s only about 21km away, so shouldn’t take me too long to get there.

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Back in the Saddle – Update 17

I know it’s not been long since my last update, but I’ve actually made it to the next checkpoint. I am now managing between 3 and 4 km a day, so things are definitely improving. This checkpoint is Sherwood Forest, which is 45% of the way through the virtual route from Lands End to John o’Groats. The next stop will be Sheffield. You never know, if I keep going at the rate that I am, I might even get there before 2022! We shall see…

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Back in the Saddle – Update 16

Time for another update. I’ve made it as far as Nottingham now. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve managed to cover 3km a day on several occasions! I don’t want to tempt fate or speak too soon, but maybe, just maybe, I’m finally starting to come out of this fatigue flare. Keeping fingers firmly crossed, touching lots of wood and all that sort of thing anyway.

Strange to think that if I’d been able to keep to my original target, of about 5km a day, I’d only be about 40 or so days away from John o’Groats right now. But hey, I’ve kept going and I am getting closer to the end point with every slow turn of the pedals. Hopefully, I’ll be able to carry on building up my strength and stamina and will get there by the middle of next year.

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International Day of Disabled People 2021

Happy International Day of Disabled People!

The world has come a long way since the forced institutionalisation of disabled people in the early 1900s, but there is obviously a long way still to go. This year, International Day of Disabled People is focused on fighting for rights in the post-Covid era.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit everyone hard, and reductions in health services, financial uncertainty, and health concerns have affected disabled people a lot.

Although we are not quite yet in a post-Covid world, as our weekly updates will show you, BuDS strongly believes that we should always be striving to make places as accessible as possible.

With this in mind, we would like to tell you about some of the work that we have been doing to help fight for better accessibility for disabled people in Buckinghamshire during the Covid-19 pandemic, and hopefully beyond.

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