We all need gearing up at the beginning of the week but, for one Sussex resident, their Monday journey to work has taken months of training.
In 2014, 60-year-old Adrian Barrott was diagnosed suffering from a dilated cardiomyopathy, a life-threatening condition causing the weakness of the heart muscles. Although his longer-term prognosis is uncertain, with determination and the support of medical practitioners, Adrian has turned the situation into an opportunity to support a local children’s charity close to his heart. As a judge of the Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest awards, Adrian knows what a great difference fundraising has on local charities.
On Monday 19thAugust, Adrian will take on a 40km cycle-to-work challenge from Crawley to Lewes.
Adrian reflects on his diagnosis: “It was a dark place and the thought of getting back on a bike at that time, let alone taking on a sponsored ride, seemed very remote indeed. I want to take up this personal challenge, for the benefit of Jamie’s Farm, Lewes. The charity has the vision to make significant, life-changing differences to the lives of so many disadvantaged young people. As a former school governor at a large Sussex secondary school, I really respect and admire the compassionate and holistic approach which the ethos of Jamie’s Farms’ epitomises.”
Jamie’s Farm, which has this year opened a fifth farm in Lewes, supports disadvantaged children at risk of social and academic exclusion. The Jamie’s Farm therapeutic programme started in the founder’s home in 2009 where mother and son team – Tish and Jamie Feilden – blended farming, family and therapy into a five-day residential for children struggling at school. Since then, they have supported over 6,000 children across their five farms with results showing improved self-esteem, behaviour and engagement at school, and evidence that the intervention reduces the risk of exclusion for the 11-16 year olds who take part.
Natalia Borg, the Development Manager at the Lewes Farm says: “We are in awe of Adrian’s determination and look forward to cheering him on! His target to raise £1,500 for the Lewes farm will help enable 450 children a year in the South to realise their full potential.”
You can read Adrian’s story and donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/adrian-barrott