Team BG pedals the Coast to Coast for CAFOD

Brigid (3rd from left) with her cycling team mates at the end of the Coast to Coast

Brigid (3rd from left) with her cycling team mates at the end of the Coast to Coast

A local primary school head teacher has pedalled her way across the breadth of the country to raise over £1000 for people in Zimbabwe affected by drought.

Brigid Gildert, head at St John’s Catholic Primary School in Poulton, completed the 140 mile trek with money raised going to CAFOD’s ‘Give Water, Life and Hope’ Appeal, helping to provide drinking water for those affected as well as clean water for their crops.

It took Brigid three days to cycle the route from the west coast in Cumbria to Sunderland’s eastern coastline, accompanied on her journey by her daughter Ruth, colleague Jenny Burtonwood, cycling friend Steve Towler, and father and son Philip and Tom Horsfield.

“Our team set off with our back wheels in the Irish Sea,” Mrs Gildert said. “The weather was fair and the winds were at our backs. The hills were steep and the downhills long. We finished in Sunderland by dipping our front wheels in the North Sea.”

The group received generous support from both the church and Brigid’s school in the parish of St John’s.

CAFOD Lancaster manager Rosa Trelfa said: “The people of Zimbabwe are struggling every day to provide for their families and need our ongoing support. What Brigid and her team have done helps to raise awareness of others’ needs, and those who have donated to the cause can be assured that their money makes a real difference.”

Brigid concluded: “We have so much, when so many people have so little. We decided to raise money for the ‘Give Water’ campaign as CAFOD is such a good charity and we regularly collect money through various events for them.”

Zimbabwe’s water supplies have been badly hit in recent times and rainfall has become less consistent. The people need various systems in place to have vital access to water for their survival.

Huge thanks to all of Team BG for their amazing efforts and to St John’s Primary School and parish for their unstinting support!

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