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Thighs of Steel - Pels Heywood

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Penelope Heywood

I'm cycling really far, to help raise money for Kora - a community centre in Athens that supports refugees.

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Help Refugees

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Khora is a community centre in Athens. Khora supports refugees who are stuck in Greece, hoping to get on with their lives. The team provide access to warm clothing, nutritious food, education and dental care. There is also information and legal support for seeking asylum and housing. Having fled their homes, which are likely completely destroyed now, they find themselves stuck between closed borders. Above all, the Khora Centre provides a safe place for refugees to be part of a community once more.

Thighs of Steel is a bike ride from London to Athens. This June, I will join a small group of people to cycle one chunk of that big ride - from Trieste in northern Italy, to Dubrovnik in Croatia. That's around 700km and over 9000m ascent (higher than Mount Everest) - all in 6 days and camping each night.
This is a massive challenge for me - I've never done anything like it. I'm cycling whenever I can, building up stamina with the encouragement and enthusiasm from my friends and family.

If you feel able to, please donate to Khora. It won't fund the bike ride or anyone's wages. Your donation goes direct to Khora. Thank you.

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Thighs of Steel 2017

We are fundraising for Help Refugees, who fund small grassroots refugee organisations. The specific group we are fundraising for is Khora, a co-operative made up of volunteers from all over the world, including the local Greek community, the refugee community and other international volunteers. Their community centre in Athens provides not only basic needs such as free nutritious food, warm clothing and access to dental care, but also social needs such as education, child care, access to information and a safe space to build relationships and relax.

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14-May-2017 00:00

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Donation by Stella Tucker
on 26-06-2017
£1.25 gift aid
Donation by Sarah Broughton
on 26-06-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by David Taylor
on 26-06-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Amazing work Pelita!!!
Donation by Anna
on 19-06-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Looking forward to hearing all about it next week. X
Donation by Linda Bickerton
on 17-06-2017
£2.50 gift aid
May your thighs glow with the conquest of many kilometres through stunning locations for an exellent cause!
Donation by Rhys Evans
on 16-06-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Top stuff gal - obviously training with 3 old farts did you the world of good! as indeed you are doing the world some good ...
Donation by GB
on 15-06-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Well done you. Very impressed!! xx
Donation by Christina Fulcher
on 09-06-2017
£1.25 gift aid
In memory of Joan who would have loved the spirit, the cause and the adventure
Donation by the Stobart family
on 08-06-2017
£25.00 gift aid
Go for it Pels. Great thing to do. We'll find you an extra comfortable chair for monday morning surgery
Donation by Simon and Helen
on 07-06-2017
£5.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £1,175.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £1,175.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £1,462.50

Donations closed

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