2020 – What A Year It Has Been

I cannot believe another year is nearly in the bag and what a year 2020 has been. It has been a tough year for many people. But also, it has been a chance to stop and take stock when we could not carry on as before.2020 gave us our cycling idea

2020 Has Given Me A Lot Of Clarity

When I got my cancer diagnosis and had seven months off work, I rediscovered my love of writing. But then, by January 2020, I had returned to working four days a week as a class teacher. Within weeks I was back to bad habits, getting to work early and staying until the caretaker ushered me out.

And once again the writing dream took a backseat.

But then in March, COVID-19 forced the whole of the UK, like many other countries around the world, into lockdown. As terrible as the situation was, I was happy because I had more time to write again.

And I realised something important. I had to sacrifice some income if I were to make my writing dream come true. It could not take a backseat for ever.

It Gave Justin And I Our Fundraising Idea

Maybe it was being confined into our local area that spawned the idea for our ride. We’d talk about places we’d like to visit once life returned to normal again. The dreams of traveling, combined with my desire to show my gratitude to the Royal Marsden, somehow formed into a decision to cycle across Europe.

Maybe we first had the idea after a bit too much sun and a few too many ciders on the balcony. But the idea stuck and the more we mulled it over, without the ciders, the better it sounded.

What would be better than raising awareness and money while cycling through several European countries? We are really looking forward to visiting places we have never been to, meeting new people and making new friends along the journey.


This is my last post for 2020, so I wish you all a wonderful end to a strange year. See you all in 2021!


Thank you all for your support this year. We look forward to sharing our journey with you in 2021.

Until next time!

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