Chris is training for his gruelling “Pedal for Play” route to raise further funds for us.  Here is his story so far…

So, here’s me suffering up the Cairnwell- the highest motorable road in Scotland, actually the highest mountain pass in the UK, up to Glenshee ski resort. I rode this as part of the 3 day Tour of The Highlands, over the weekend of 26th-28th May, if you can believe it this isn’t the biggest challenge I face this year. At the end of June myself and 5 other lunatics cyclists will be attempting ‘The Lang Way Doon’ – the length of Scotland; Tongue on the North coast to Coldstream on the South border- in 24hrs. That’s 524km, a few mountain passes, 5800 meters vertical and riding through the night. This is going to be one of the toughest physical challenges I have ever, or am likely to ever do. There is a team riding together, and we will have support in the form of assorted partners of the other mad bunch keeping me company, so it’s not entirely a solo trip. But it’s going to be hard. Really, really hard. We need to average about 25k/hr to make it, so there’s a significant chance of failure here. It’s also one of the most demanding psychological challenges I will ever be likely to undertake.

I’m doing this to prove something of a point as well, as a therapist I meet children, young people and adults who achieve the most astonishing things, in the most rubbish circumstances and after the worst experiences. These are people around us in schools and communities who, given the right support and the belief that they can do it, go on to conquer their fears and their experiences and achieve amazing things in desperate circumstances. It’s a privilege to know them, and this is for all of them.

 I’m aiming for £2000. If we can raise that amount of money I would be absolutely made up, please share this far and wide to anyone and everyone you know.

Just for comparison here’s some numbers:

-Standard 20 week therapeutic intervention for a child and their family. £1385 with a further 10 sessions fitting into the £2000 if needed. That’s more than 6 months work, almost a full school year.

-Provision of a lunchtime drop in, self referral service in a school for a year. £2280

-Support, training and CPD to school staff, social workers, nursery teams etc. £450

It doesn’t sound like £2000 would go an awfully long way, but that money can literally change the life of a family, and improve outcomes for their children. That is priceless.

 Thank you so much (in advance) for your support, and for everything you do to support the children and families who benefit from this every single day. Here’s the link:

Tesco-Bags-of-help2.  Thank to everyone who put in blue tokens at Tescos to support us.  We were awarded £6000 which was wonderful, and so much appreciated!


Newbattle Community Project award

The Newbattle Community Project, a partnership between Midlothian Sure Start, Home Link Family Support, Children 1st and ourselves, won this award which we are very proud of.




4. Thank you so much to Emily and Rona who raised money for us by running.

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