A Second Grand Départ – In Canada this time

As The Tour De France draws to a close with a 116km ‘procession’ on the flat to the Champs-Élysées, a group of amateur cyclists will be setting off from Toronto to cycle 600km to Montreal to raise funds for Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA). The Bike Rally, now in it’s 20th year, is the sustaining fundraiser for PWA, supporting its ability to provide critical services and support to individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto. In that … More A Second Grand Départ – In Canada this time

Bike Rally Fundraising Finale

Three and half months ago I was reading Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s blog post about her commitment to the PWA Toronto to Montreal Bike Rally and it set me thinking about how I could contribute beyond a single donation of an amount I could afford. I set myself the challenge of fundraising over the 12 week run up to the Rally in the hope of raising an average of £20 a week or £240 in total. Well … More Bike Rally Fundraising Finale

A Stitch Marker a Mile -370 miles and counting

Well it’s been a frantic few weeks and is set to continue in this manner. Among it all I had a few days visiting my parents which was fun. We went to the beach and not having thought to take a swimsuit I had to content myself with paddling. We went to Weymouth which I remember most strongly as a place I went to on coach trips with my grandmother when she was looking after … More A Stitch Marker a Mile -370 miles and counting

Bike Rally Rhubarb and other fundraising…

Well, it’s been a busy couple of weeks but the fundraising has continued.  Week three and four have been possible thanks to the great support of some lovely friends. First up, my friend Anna offered to have some of my hand made items on her craft stall as part of Lancaster Comedy and Arts Festival over the May bank holiday weekend. Anna is a whizz with the sewing machine which can be seen on her Facebook page Crafty Daws and … More Bike Rally Rhubarb and other fundraising…

Knitters aren’t Quitters

Like so many knitters I am an avid reader of the adventures of the Yarn Harlot aka Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. On many a morning I ‘come to’ with a cup of coffee and her blog on my phone. As a result I followed her build up to the 600km Toronto-Montreal Friends for Life Bike Rally, ridden in support of the Toronto People with Aids Foundation, last year with a certain degree of admiration. I read about how … More Knitters aren’t Quitters