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Going up in the world!

You might remember that last year Katie and I set off on an adventure in South Africa; we cycled on average 145km per day – spending over six hours a day in the saddle! Battling steep hills, sprained wrists, countless nosebleeds, 7 punctures and hundreds of miles of road and laughs in sweltering heat, we completed 860km over 6 days to finish our journey in Pretoria and raised £2073 for charity.

We decided to take on this challenge in order to raise money for the Topsy Foundation and support our Nando’s family in South Africa.

Topsy is based in South Africa, where over 18 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 49 are estimated to be living with HIV or AIDS. Women – especially younger women – are disproportionately affected, while children are a particularly vulnerable group, with high rates of mother-to-child transmission.

Topsy’s primary objectives are:

  • to offer relief, care and medical and support services to people living with HIV and AIDS, and to families affected by HIV and AIDS, in rural communities;
  • to provide for the needs and personal development of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS; and
  • to alleviate poverty and empower rural women through skills training and job creation

A few weeks ago, Katie and I received a phone call out of the blue asking if we would like to join the charity at the House of Lords as a thank you for our fundraising last year. We were delighted when our Leadership team said we should go!

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The evening was hosted by Baroness D'Souza and was a big thank you to all those who support this small but incredibly hard working charity.

It was a pleasure to speak to the fantastic people in the room and represent all of the foodies who massively supported us through our ride and helped us raise lots of money.

Katie and Matthew will be setting off next week to do the ride again and we all can’t wait to cheer them on in this fantastic challenge. Good Luck guys!

Liz