Saturday, 23 August 2014

Paul's challenge will feed our family - for seven weeks

 Our cycling hero Paul Lockyer rode home victorious to complete the Haute Route Dolomites Swiss Alps yesterday.
Six days after starting the race in Venice, the elated finishers took part in a triumphant parade through Geneva,
It's been a gruelling challenge, which organisers  say has been one of the toughest events since the Haute Route Alps began in 2011.
Severe, unseasonable weather conditions made conquering the mighty giant cols of the Dolomites and Swiss Alps a mammoth task.
 For some riders, the challenge against the elements and the clock proved too much and 19% of the peloton failed to finish within the set stage cut-off times. This in no way undermines the accomplishment of covering 993km of riding, climbing 20,250m of ascent and 17 mythical cols including the likes of the Passo do Gavia, Stelvio, Oberalppass and Furkapass, all ridden over the last seven days, since the 410 riders representing 40 nationalities, departed Venice last Saturday.
And Paul's incredible achievement has raised £2,396 for our Happy House family - enough to  cover our weekly shopping bill for food and household staples for seven weeks.
This is a huge boost to our family, coming at such a worrying time when our resources are being stretched to the limit.
With so few tourists visiting because of travel advisories issued by the UK and other countries, our whole community is suffering.
We have to find ways of making up for all holidaymakers bring to our family - clothes and necessities; educational supplies; donations and sponsorships and the groceries they bring us.  
''Paul's achievement is fantastic. He must be so proud of himself for completing the Haute Route," said Mama.
"Our weekly shopping bill, for our family of 85 growing kids, works out at £350 and knowing that is covered for seven weeks is so appreciated.
" Our children love it when visitors bring us groceries.
"Every week, on a Thursday,  when our shopping arrives everyone wants to help unload it. 
"Even little Esther likes to help  even if a toilet roll is all she can manage to carry!''
Our thanks ,Paul ,for all you have done, for your enthusiasm, determination and generosity, and a very big thank you also, to your friends, family and colleagues for their donations.
If you would like to add to Paul's total you can make a donation online at