Success! Debbie & Paul’s Bike Ride Completed!

Excellent news! Today I got an email from Debbie Chadbon, confirming that yesterday Debbie and her husband Paul had successfully completed their planned bike ride.

Read about the publicity she had in advance here:

The ride was in aid of Friends of Pakati, as Debbie is, like the author, a former teacher at Pakati Secondary school back in the early 1990’s.

So far, we have recieved donations totalling £275.00, bringing our balance up to over £1200, so THANK YOU DEBBIE, PAUL & ALL WHO DONATED 👏👏👏

The pair had planned a 50 mile/80 km route out of Bristol (where they live) and back again.

Here is the email I had today:

Hi Chris
The bike ride went well although it was very tiring.  We cycled in a circular route from Bristol to Thornbury and back; mainly on cycle tracks and quiet country lanes. It was lovely to cycle through the countryside which looks so lush and green at this time of year, and we only got caught in the rain once.  We stopped in Thornbury for lunch and had a couple of other breaks.  It took 8 1/2 hours altogether and the last 10 miles were a struggle, especially as the wind picked up. I crashed out on our (nicely cushioned) sofa, resting my tired legs, with a nice cup of tea when we got home.
I have attached some photos of the day.
Best wishes 
Below are the photos she sent:

Debbie sets off from home…

…soon she was looking across the Severn Valley towards Wales.

There is a lot of farmland in the area.

Taking a breather…

…just outside the grounds of Thornbury Castle.

Debbie’s last stop was at Warmley Station, a former railway station on the old Bristol – Bath line. Now it is a cycle path.

Finally she made it home for a cup of tea👍

Great to see Debbie using our merchandise👍

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My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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