Nick Renshaw didn't just go the extra mile – he went a thousand miles this summer, pedalling from Lands End to John O’Groats in aid of The Camphill Family. "I’ve been donating for a few years now", he says. "I can’t remember what prompted me to start, but ultimately what struck a chord was the history of Camphill communities, how they came about and the idea of people sharing their lives together. I receive lots of charity mailings but the news from Camphill is so genuinely interesting and gives me a real sense of joy."
The idea for the ride arose last year – at a wedding. "I'd just completed a halfmarathon for the Prostate Cancer Charity", Nick recalls. "It had been good for my fitness and I was thinking I’d now like to do something for Camphill. After a few drinks I made the mistake of mentioning a Lands End to John O’Groats ride to a few people." That was it – there was no going back.
Over hill, over dale
Happily, Nick wasn’t alone. He had great support from his wife, and from friends Ed and Kevin who joined him in the challenge. The work of Camphill was an inspiration when he wasn’t keen to get out on the bike during training. Though some days of the ride brought foul weather and killer hills, others were glorious and filled with beautiful scenery – Cornwall, Lancashire, Shap Fell and Loch Lomond were major highlights. And at the end was the satisfaction of having achieved something to which he’d long aspired.
Nick’s sponsor money is still coming in, but looks set to raise over £2,000 for our communities – double his goal! We’d like to say a very heartfelt thank you, Nick, for caring about us and taking on this challenge, and to all the generous people who sponsored you.