Patrick Evans

D-Day to VE Day – Charity Bike Ride

 

The 8th May 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, a day my late father remembered with gladness although tinged with the memories of conflict he witnessed from landing on Sword Beech, Normandy, France, on D-Day 6th June 1944, through to the end of the war when he was in Kolding, Denmark

In memory of this, I will be cycling the 871 mile route he and the rest of B Company of the 5th Battalion of the Liverpool (Kings) Regiment followed, arriving 75 years to the day that they did.

Last year with my wife Louise we had the privileged of visiting the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka.  The people are seeking to live in harmony after a 26 year civil war ended in 2009, although this is difficult as people who where once on other sides of the conflict learn to live as a united community; and the social norms that were ravaged by war are established once more.  As allied troops brought hope and peace to Europe 75 years ago, with your sponsorship support we can do likewise for Sri Lanka today.

If you would like to sponsor me then money raised will go to the Sarah Brentnall Memorial Women Empowerment Centre in Batticaloa, a project of the Puliyantheivu Methodist Church.  The Centre provides housing for women (mainly teenage girls), who have suffered abuse including pregnancy.  It offers a safe place from which to rebuild their lives. The charity is refurbishing part of their premises as a hostel for people who live in the coutryside but come to the city during the week for work.  The money the workers will pay for the hostel will make the Empowerment Centre self financing for the future.  Their budget for the refurbishment is £14000.   I know lives will be changed for the better with your support.

Feel free to contact me by email or phone with any comments queries.

Revd Patrick Evans

07813 211501

patrick.evans@methodist.org.uk

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D-Day to VE Day Cycle Challenge
Destination Miles Feet Metres Parbold Hills Metres per Mile
Start Sword Beach
Day 1 Wednesday, 22 April 2020 Yvetot 71.5 1578 481 4.6 6.7
Day 2 Thursday, 23 April 2020 Abberville 70.0 2602 793 7.6 11.3
Day 3 Friday, 24 April 2020 Dunkirk 79.8 2208 673 6.5 8.4
Day 4 Saturday, 25 April 2020 Oostburg 60.2 190 58 0.6 1.0
Rest Day Sunday, 26 April 2020 Rest Day
Day 5 Monday, 27 April 2020 Antwerp 52.3 459 140 1.3 2.7
Day 6 Tuesday, 28 April 2020 Asten 69.0 394 120 1.2 1.7
Day 7 Wednesday, 29 April 2020 Borken 69.0 581 177 1.7 2.6
Day 8 Thursday, 30 April 2020 Osnabruck 70.4 994 303 2.9 4.3
Day 9 Friday, 1 May 2020 Bruchhausen-Vilsen 61.4 607 185 1.8 3.0
Day 10 Saturday, 2 May 2020 Harburg 66.1 646 197 1.9 3.0
Rest Day Sunday, 3 May 2020 Rest Day
Day 11 Monday, 4 May 2020 Lubeck 48.6 600 183 1.8 3.8
Day 12 Tuesday, 5 May 2020 Kiel 44.6 932 284 2.7 6.4
Day 13 Wednesday, 6 May 2020 Flensburg 52.4 879 268 2.6 5.1
Day 14 Thursday, 7 May 2020 Kolding 55.7 1079 329 3.2 5.9
VE Day Friday, 8 May 2020 Peace Day
Totals 871.0 13749 4192 40.3 4.8
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