The end for some… The start for others…

As the first quarter of the year comes to a close (where did it go?!), the RBS 6 Nations rugby has finished… well done all teams for providing us spectators with an amazing championship and well done to Ireland, this year’s winners. The end of this first quarter also signals the start of not only planning adventures for some but also for those lucky ones, the start of adventures!


One of Flying For Freedom‘s mentors, Dave Sykes is an accomplished microlight pilot who can claim being the first paraplegic to have flown solo from London, UK to Sydney, Australia (2011). Yesterday, Dave departed from York as he heads towards south towards Europe and will then turn north heading for the North Pole.

Dave Sykes route

Dave intends to make this flight solo and will be the first paraplegic to complete this challenge. From all at Flying For Freedom, “Good Luck Dave!” If you want to sponsor Dave, he’s raising funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice


In a little over three weeks, four young ladies will be departing on the first leg of their massive challenge… to row from San Francisco to Australia via Hawaii and Samoa. I urge you to follow these amazing people as they set out on this amazing voyage in April; they are the Coxless Crew 

I spoke with Laura, one of the crew a few days ago and the team are raring to go. They would value your support! The girls are raising funds for Walking With The Wounded and Breast Cancer Care



 In May, Veterans In Action (VIA) will begin their 4,000 mile walk around the coastline of the UK as a means to help some of those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


Look out for the VIA bus and if you see it somewhere near you, say hi to the team. PTSD is not a disease, it is not contagious and you may well learn what some of these people have been through. Taking the time to talk to them may help them…  Please do donate a £1 or more if you can spare it, it would be greatly appreciated.

Until my next post, adieu!






Happy New Year to you! As the second week of the new year begins, Give Them a Sporting Chance begins to celebrate its 25th year of helping others and plans are well underway for two challenges. The first will be taking place in February, the second will take place in June.


Sporting Chance CMYK Melissa Adams Angelman Foundation

The first challenge will be taking place near Blackpool on February 21st. This challenge is to carry a sedan chair from Lytham St Annes, following the coast up to Blackpool. Unfortunately for us sedan chair carriers, the chair won’t be empty… Inside the chair, motivating us, will be Melissa Adams. Melissa is the little girl I have previously written about who suffers from Angelman Syndrome. To help with this challenge, I have called upon some of my crew mates from the London to Paris rowing team (2013). Hopefully, Ed will keep our minds off the challenge with his wit and banter, much as he did during the 2013 row. We will be raising funds for and awareness of Angelman Syndrome, so if you’re in the area or know someone in the come and along and support us! Please visit for more information on Melissa Adams and Angelman Syndrome.


The second challenge will be taking place in Cheltenham on June 21st. As part of ‘Give Them a Sporting Chance’s’ 25th birthday, we at GTaSC have teamed up with the organisers of the Cheltenham Challenge.

GTaSC is raising a minimum of five teams of five people to compete in the 10km course of the Cheltenham Challenge. Each person will run 10km, then when the fifth person has completed the 10km course, the whole team completes the 5km course, starting and finishing as a team. These 25 people will be representing 25 individual military orientated charities. If you would like to be one of the 25, please do get in touch with me. If you would rather run a shorter (5km) or longer (half marathon, marathon or ultra), then please do contact the Cheltenham Challenge direct –

So far, the ‘On Course Foundation‘ and ‘The Not Forgotten Association‘ have all agreed to be represented in the 10km Silver Challenge.

On Course Foundation

The Not Forgotten Association