This is an archived press release
Tuesday 24 March 2015
An adventurous family’s efforts to raise money for charity were given a lift by a Peak District cycle hire centre.
The Meek family are travelling round the UK living in a caravan after parents Tim and Kerry gave up their teaching jobs and sold their home in Nottinghamshire to spend more time together on a year-long adventure .
Daughters Amy (11) and Ella (9) are being ‘home schooled’ along the way and, as part of the project, they aim to travel 500 miles before September using non-motorised forms of transport and raise £1 for every mile they complete.
The 27 miles they clocked up along the Tissington Trail from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay and back took the total beyond 100 miles and Helen Bower, cycle hire manager with the Peak District National Park Authority, was delighted to provide four bikes.
She said: “It’s quite a thing they are doing as a family and we were delighted to be able to help send them on their way.’’
Ella emailed Helen and said: “I am writing to say thank you for lending us the bikes! It was definitely a change to be riding a bike as part of the 500 Fresh Air Miles because previously we had only been on scooter and by foot.
“We had done a tag team on Tissington Trail before (when we were younger) but we have never done the full trail in one. Thank you very much.”
The family are raising money for Tree Aid Africa, to plant trees in Africa’s drylands, and Tijhza, a village in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, which was badly affected by storms and floods and needs aid for redevelopment and to improve the lives of village children. Travel company Exodus are sponsoring the girls for £1 per mile.