Cross-country bike ride raises JPK thousands

Jill Parker accepts a cheque from Team Jade after Lands End to John'OGroats ride SUS-141031-094156001
Jill Parker accepts a cheque from Team Jade after Lands End to John'OGroats ride SUS-141031-094156001
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A team of fundraisers took on a cycling challenge from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise cash for the JPK Project.

Murray and Cameron Ballard’s sister Jade has Downs Syndrome and is on the waiting list for accommodation at the proposed JPK Project accommodation for people with learning difficulties.

At a Christmas Party for prospective residents, students, friends and family last year, Murray and Cameron saw the aims and ethos of the JPK Project and decided to undertake a massive fundraising challenge to enable their sister to live as independently as possible among her friends.

They coerced four of their friends, Oliver and Tim Perrott, Robin Pyper and James Shrubb to undertake the ride and two others, Tim Blois and Steve White as support team.

The team set off on July 23 and arrived at Lands End on August 2 to a warm welcome by Jade and their families.

They raised an impressive £15,000 for the charity and a presentation, sideshow of their ride and celebration evening was held recently.

Murray handed the cheque over and said, “It was a hard undertaking which we were somewhat unprepared for, some losing their way which meant extra miles, discomfort in the saddle and inclement weather at times.

“In the main it was fun, an experience and exhilarating, especially in the knowledge that we would be making a difference, to enable the JPK to commence building, sooner rather than later.”

Jill Parker, chairman and project coordinator for JPK, said, “Words cannot express our enormous gratitude to Team Jade for undertaking this enormous challenge for us. The amount raised equates to 15 of the residential apartments being furnished.”