Birth­day trans­port chal­lenge

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Etken­m­cer­lain

TWO women spent the Bank Hol­i­day week­end trav­el­ling from Sh­effield to Peter­bor­ough on 0 dif­fer­ent modes of trans­port to cel­e­brate their 0th birth­days and help two char­i­ties.

Becky Le­hane and her cousin Emma Gar­rod spent the week­end on the move with the help of space­hop­pers, ice skates, shop­ping trol­leys, pogo sticks, black cabs and seg­ways.

Ms Gar­rod, from Peter­bor­ough, and Ms Le­hane, from Sh­effield, started their 93-mile jour­ney in the York­shire city at 10am on Satur­day and planned to ar­rive in Ferry Mead­ows at 9am this morn­ing.

Ms Le­hane said: “We had many ideas about what to do to cel­e­brate our com­ing of age, from swim­ming the chan­nel to a cakeathon.

“Emma came up with this crazy idea so I am go­ing along with it.

“I’m par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to try­ing a Seg­way in Ferry Mead­ows and to the Truck­fest in Peter­bor­ough as well as go­ing back to my old haunts go­ing up the Pater­nos­ter lifts in the Arts Tower at Sh­effield Univer­sity.”

The pair de­cided to un­der­take the chal­lenge to raise funds for two causes close to their hearts.

As well as hav­ing lots of laughs and the odd thrill or two, Ms Gar­rod is us­ing her trans­port ex­trav­a­ganza to raise funds for her lo­cal church Christ The King in Hamp­ton, Peter­bor­ough.

Ms Le­hane is rais­ing money for AS­SIST in Sh­effield, a char­ity which works to sup­port asy­lum seek­ers in the area.

Ms Gar­rod said: “Christ The King serves and sup­ports the com­mu­nity in Hamp­ton.

“I’ve been in­volved with this amaz­ing group of peo­ple since com­ing to Hamp­ton four years ago.

“Liv­ing in a brand new town­ship cre­ates its own so­cial chal­lenges for the group.

“But the church is gal­vanis­ing a greater sense of com­mu­nity here and is plan­ning to es­tab­lish a new church build­ing for the whole com­mu­nity.”

Ms Le­hane added: “AS­SIST do an amaz­ing job pro­vid­ing food and shel­ter for des­ti­tute asy­lum seek­ers who do not get any sup­port from other sources.

“Many of them sleep rough and AS­SIST give a small amount of money for food, oth­ers are given some­where to stay in peo­ples’ houses.

“Hav­ing had a lot of con­tact with many peo­ple in this sit­u­a­tion and see­ing their great courage, I feel strongly about sup­port­ing this cause.”

IN­TREPID: Emma Gar­rod on one of the 40 modes of trans­port for her Sh­effield to Peter­bor­ough chal­lenge. (METP-04-05-12RH) Picture: ROW­LAND HOB­SON.

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