Friends take on 400-mile cycling challenge

Two Friends are taking to the road to tackle a 400-mile cycling challenge

Two Tavistock Friends are on a 400-mile cycle across Cornwall and Devon to raise funds for a leading charity working for freedom from torture.

Carolyn Burch and Richard Ragget started just before Easter, on 12 April, and hope to complete their journey – which takes them along the coast to Penzance, then inland to Truro, before returning north to Newquay and across to Exeter – by 14 May to raise money for the charity Freedom from Torture.

‘We live on the border of Devon and Cornwall and are both Quakers,’ said Carolyn. ‘Our route is designed to visit all the Quaker groups, and the two cathedrals, in the two counties, raising awareness and funds among Friends and friends as we go and we are using a website – JustGiving – to raise funds.

‘We’ve been privileged to live and work in peaceful surroundings for years, and when our Freedom from Torture guests come to stay for just one week of tranquillity and relaxation away from London, it makes us re-appreciate how lucky we are to be within reach of sea and green scenes.’

Carolyn Burch added: ‘The individuals we have come to know – from a range of places from rural Sri Lanka to the cities of the Democratic Republic of Congo – have loved the chance to walk by the sea, have a picnic on Dartmoor, or get a glimpse of farming life here.’

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