She's done it!
Lorna Fisher is all smiles after completing her epic 1658-mile Pedalling the Parks challenge.
Our intrepid engagement manager visited all of the UK’s national parks – in Scotland, England and Wales – in just 15 days.
During the journey, she raised more than £2000 for the newly launched Peak District National Park Foundation – which this year aims to raise £70,000 for projects which care for our landscapes, wildlife and cultural heritage. And she highlighted 2019 as the Year of Green Action – urging people to say #iwill to new challenges that contribute to sustainable lifestyles.
Lorna says: “I’ve been overwhelmed with the support I’ve received, whether from people joining me on certain parts of the journey or making donations to the Foundation. To see all the messages of support on my JustGiving page – many from people I don’t actually know – is very touching.
"A lot of people along the way have asked what they can do to help. I’m pleased that the challenge has raised awareness of National Parks and inspired people to want to help look after them. I feel as though I’ve achieved the purpose of my challenge.
"The overall highlight of my journey was connecting with National Parks’ staff and experiencing the very different landscapes of these special places. It brought home to me that we really are a family of National Parks.
"There were some tough moments during the challenge but generally I felt really good. By the 400-mile mark my legs were feeling stronger and by the time I reached the Peak District (about halfway), I was loving the challenge. It was cool approaching Sheffield and suddenly recognising place names. Riding over Ringinglow, I saw Stanage Edge and I really choked up. I thought: ‘this is so lovely…'"
We're grateful to the following people for supporting Lorna's challenge...
Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of nutritious and wholesome foods for athletes and adventurers - and they helped keep Lorna supplied with on-the-go snacks throughout her challenge.
Lorna’s Event GPS Tracker was kindly provided by Expedition Tracking.
YHA supported Lorna with accommodation during her challenge. Across the National Parks in England And Wales, YHA has more than 60 youth hostels in and Lorna stayed at seven of them during her 1658-mile cycle ride.
The Peak District National Park Foundation - #70kFor70
Our aim is to grow support and raise funds to care for the Peak District National Park for everyone to enjoy forever.
We have big ambitions - to see more land managed for wildlife; more rare habitats protected and more people able to access and enjoy the UK’s original National Park.
This is a big year as it marks the 70th anniversary of legislation which led to the creation of national parks.
The National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 followed decades of campaigning and to mark this important milestone, we’ve launched our #70for70 campaign.
We’re aiming to raise £70,000 for a range of high impact projects that care for the spectacular landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Peak District National Park.
And Lorna’s epic challenge could not be a greater start. Thanks Lorna!
To find out how you can support Lorna and our #70KFor70 campaign, please contact our fundraising manager Sarah Slowther on 01629 816302 / firstname.lastname@example.org or fundraising assistant Claire Barlow on 01629 816254 / email@example.com.
You can read more about Lorna and the #70KFor70 the campaign in the April 2019 edition of Reflections Magazine.
View the full route map to see exactly where Lorna went.
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