Providing learning through play for young children in disadvantaged countries.

J is for Journeys on a Bicycle


Another year on and it seems Mark and I are destined to be back on the saddle! This time last year Play-away had a team of 10 cycling the Leeds Liverpool canal , all 127 miles of it!. The team raised a fantastic £1800 which was well spent on helping provide two indoor soft play centres for disabled children in Southern India. Mark and I are visiting the centres again this November , where we will be finishing the painting and adding some more equipment. I can’t wait to see the rooms in full use and bring back lots of photos.


This year Mark and I are taking the challenge of cycling from London to Brighton, 54 miles, on September 8th. We will join over 2000 people, starting  the challenge in South London, travel through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead, Haywards Heath and finally to Brighton having completed 54 miles! You can sponsor directly at:

cycle challenge

Training has been slow as I have had my foot operated on recently so cycling many miles was not part of my recommended recovery,however we are committed to completing the challenge and have made good progress in the last few weeks. What keeps me motivated is the reason why we are doing it. This years funds will go along way to provide a playground for jaajabarbs ‘Home of Angels’, in Jinja, Uganda. I have written about this wonderful place before and am very happy to report that Barbara’s first set of orphaned children, suffering with HIV have moved into her wonderful home. Please spare a minute to read about her incredible story and achievement so far, it really is quite moving and truly inspirational.


orpans moving in

The first children to move into their new home


Play-away would appreciate any support and sponsorship for our London to Brighton challenge to help fulfill our promise to some more young children that deserve the chance to play. You can sponsor directly at:



Thank you for reading and we  look forward to finishing our cycle ride with lots of photos to share along the way.

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  1. pctcxavi on said:

    Dear Mark and Rachel, Greetings from PCTC and all the best from all of us here at PCTC for your efforts to raise funds. You will succeed and looking forward to seeing you in November, Regards, Xavier

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