Karen Townsend receiving the our donation from Ken Wingfield in support of their funds raised for Caner Research UK
Mark Harling HALF CENTURY TRI-CHALLENGE Not content with the usual challenges for someone reaching their 50th milestone, a Marathon, Coast to Coast bike ride or National 3 Peaks, PE Officer Mark Harling from HMP Humber set out on an epic challenge that would have been difficult for someone half his age! Mark was inspired to raise money for 'The Queens Centre' at Castle Hill hospital near Hull after colleague and friend PE Officer Dave Frisby was treated for Leukaemia there. Dave still receives treatment at the centre and without the excellent medical team would find life and work a very difficult prospect. The Queens Centre’s charitable arm has been a fantastic support to Dave and Mark was determined to raise money for the charity in recognition. When the going got tough during his unique and arduous adventure Mark’s focus was brought back to the centre and the remarkable work it does. That focus and his amazing grit and determination saw him conclude the Half Century Tri-Challenge. So, what did he do that was so amazing? Challenge One – Cycle - End to End The End to End challenge is to cycle the length of the United Kingdom, a distance of around 1000 miles. Marks End to End cycle route began at John O’ Groats in Scotland, and passed through some of the toughest terrain in the UK before finishing at Lands’ End. Normal ‘End to End’ cycle challenges take the most direct route, however because Mark did the 3 Peaks & 3 Lake challenges simultaneously his cycle route covered a greater distance with a greater level of ascent. He also had a terrible couple of days where he had to cycle through the remains of storm Hector! Challenge Two – Climb - National Three Peaks The National Three Peaks Challenge – climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales. On day 3 after cycling 91 miles to Glencoe from Inverness Mark ended the day with his fastest ever ascent of Ben Nevis in Scotland. Dave Frisby who inspired Mark’s mission joined him in his ascent of Scafel Pike in England on day 7 of the challenge. Day 9 saw the completion of the Mountain challenges when Snowden in Wales was bagged! The mountain climbs covered a PURPOSE HUMANITY OPENNESS TOGETHER distance of around 24 miles, with a total ascent of over 3,000 metres. Comically, Mark considered the walking & Kayaking days as a rest day! Challenge Three – Kayak - Three Lakes Challenge Starting with Loch Awe in Scotland Mark kayaked the length of the longest stretches of water in Scotland, England and Wales. Loch Awe saw Mark not only having to paddle 27 miles but he also had to bail out every mile as the kayak he had hired had sprung a leak. Lake Windermere at 11miles was less taxing & less eventful and Lake Bala in Wales was a quick paddle at only 7 miles long. A total of 45 miles of Kayaking, the equivalent to crossing the English Channel and back again. Mark’s plan to complete the challenge in just 12 days was executed to perfection. He hit every milestone that he set for himself and upon reaching Land’s End he even suggested to his partner that he might just cycle back to Hull. He didn’t but we have no doubt that he could have! Stats from the Challenge During the challenge Mark cycled, 891.1 miles, with an assent of 51,198 feet, taking 60 hours 17mins with a fastest speed of 43.3 mph. Walked 22.9 miles, with an assent of 9,822 feet over 10 hours 45 mins, Kayaked 43.4 miles over 12 hours 40 mins. Approx 45,600 strokes (1 per second) Every day back in the establishment staff were kept up to date with Mark’s progress & when he returned to work from his trip the following week he was met with a rapturous audience cheering him into the gym eager to hear all about his journey. His challenge had really captured the imagination of colleagues who happily gave generously to the charity at its heart. Whilst the epic journey is over, the work of the Queens Centre continues, to date Mark has raised £2749. You can still donate to this fantastic cause by visiting Mark’s Justgiving page using the link below. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mark-harling-the-half-century-tri-challenge
Kasey French and members of the POELT course at Hull presenting the donation raised by the course, which was assisted with a donation from The PSCF to MIND (Hull and East Yorkshire)
Lisa Lawson, presenting the donation on behalf of the committee to Jane and Linda at the Springbridge Carriage Driving school. supporting disabled adults and children.
My Journey with the RDA
My journey started one miserable day in March 2017 and
I was at a very low point in my life. I had lost my eyesight
several years earlier due to Toxoplasmosis and had been
registered blind. However, like many blind people, my
sight impairment is not about what I don’t see, but what
I do see.
I had almost reached rock bottom when I made the
decision to resort to the one thing that always made
me feel better, horses.
I looked on the internet and finally found an entry
for “Springbridge Carriage Driving for the Disabled”.
I phoned and spoke to a lovely lady who invited me to
come and have a look around the stables and facilities.
As I walked around that beautiful yard, with all those
happy, healthy ponies, I felt like crying I was so happy.
Over the following months, I was made to feel so
welcome, supported and most incredibly, valued by
these wonderful people. I found a deep joy in caring
for the ponies and their environment, learning the art
of carriage driving along the way.
Linda and Jane offered to let me drive one of their
ponies in a cones competition, and once again I was
humbled by their generosity. I had never driven through
a cones course before.
I knew the general direction of the cones, but I could not
actually see them properly until I was about eight feet
away, so my groom, Jane Stretton, vocally guided me
until I had them in my sights, so to speak.
I had somehow progressed through the preliminary
round into the final. We were last to go. Smarty
responded to every zig and zag that I asked of her, and
due to Jane’s vocal directions and Linda’s vigilant time
keeping we crossed the line at optimal time with no
faults! I have no idea how we did this.
When they announced me as the winner, I could not
believe it, the smile on my face as I received that
beautiful red rosette. It proves that a 67 year old woman
with visual impairment and hearing aids is in fact,
capable of learning new things and still achieve
something amazing. I feel lucky to be blessed with the
tireless generosity and support that I receive from those
very special Springbridge people.
Roger Davies presenting the PSCF donation to the staff and clients at the Weymouth Veterans Hub supporting injured service and ex military personnel suffering from PTSD
On August 7th 2019 I visited to present to two fund raisers who had applied to in 2019 to The Prison Service Charity Fund (PSCF) to help them reach their targets for the events they had organised.
We the committee members always find it a privilege to attend and support prison staff in whatever way can providing it fits our criteria on their applications
Newbold Revel College staff are very active in raising funds and have now a newly formed charity committee, and it is good to the great work they are doing for the local community and national Charities. Well done to Jo Shakespear; Laura Dove; and Karen Townsend for their dedication to helping others through their own experiences in life.
Join the PSCF and the committee will support your event, providing it is medical help or equipment. It is the staff's Charity Fund, help us by joining to help your family, friends or other charities. In 30 years you the staff have enabled the PSCF committee award over
£ 2.5million to your events
Ken Wingfield MBE Vice Chairman