Can you help Paul Baker raise £500 to help fund the Aylsham Community Shed? Please donate to their JustGiving Crowdfunding Page:

This year I have been involved in setting up the Aylsham Community Shed, part of the UK Men’s Shed Association, although we also welcome women. It is run by volunteers and needs to raise funds for running costs, equipment and materials.

On Sunday 9th July I will be cycling one of the stages of the Tour de France. The Étape du Tour is open to amateurs, using exactly the same route as the professional cyclists. It is 94 miles long with 4,100 metres of climbing in one day, starting near Geneva and ending in Morzine in the Alps.

This is a tough ride on its own, but I have chosen to avoid driving or flying to reach (and return from) the event. Instead, I will cycle through the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and France  to arrive in the Alps on the bicycle that I will use on the Étape – which without luggage weighs almost twice as much as many of the bikes being ridden in the event. I am carrying all my luggage (and tent) on the journey, cycling about 900 miles with more than 10,000 metres of climbing.

If you can help, please sponsor me to raise funds for Aylsham Community Shed – and also share this email with anyone who you think might wish to help.

Thank you,


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