Restore or Fold? by Barrie Stephenson

In the early days of setting up Restore I created a digital story about one day in my life on the project. Digital Storytelling is my other arm – it’s what I do for a living – training people in how to tell their own stories in digistories workshops. This digital story is called Restore of Fold?

Bike Ride – Total Still Rising

At the finish

Ed, Barrie and Joan (l to r) at the end of the 170 mile ride in Bridlington

It’s good to report that while the bike ride finished over a week ago the total for funds raised is still going up. The sponsorship site today shows you have given £1552.82 and we’ve received a further £120.00 in cash. That makes £1672.82 plus the Gift Aid that can be recovered from Inland Revenue.

So you can see that it’s still not too late to sponsor us. Just click on this link and donate to Restore so that we can continue to house and support people who would otherwise be homeless.

Thank you so much for your continued generosity – and if you still want to give there’s no need to apologise for being late – every donation is really valuable. Sponsor us here


All the pictures of the Bike Ride

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Restore Bike Ride, a set on Flickr.

We’ve all recovered – if any recovery was needed – from the long ride to raise money for Restore. Here are all the pictures worth publishing plus a few that aren’t.
Now that the ride is complete you can still sponsor us and contribute to the work of Restore as it provides homes for homeless people.
Thank you for following us – your messages and donations were a great encouragement as we made our away across two of the largest counties in England.

Bridlington – 178 miles from the start


Thank you for all your encouragement as we have pedalled our way from Morecambe to Bridlington to raise money for Restore.
Our total now exceeds £1500 including cash donations and then there’s gift aid to be added on. This brings us over half way to our target.
But we’re sure that many have been waiting to see if we completed the ride before handing over their sponsorship. So here’s the picture to prove it. We arrived at North Marine Drive in Bridlington at about 4.30 this afternoon after a minor detour in Nafferton due to a missing sign and another to Rudston because of a road closure.
A favourable back wind and a largely fine day made today very enjoyable. There will be more photos of our ride later so keep coming back.
There’s still time to sponsor us. Thank you

Easy Riders

Sitting in Thomas the Bakers tea room in Driffield your three cyclists have covered 40 miles this morning. With the wind behind us and the relatively gentle hills of the Wolds we’ve made stunning progress. No rain, punctures, or incidents to slow us down. Thanks for the donations that have come as we’ve made our way through the many hamlets and villages along the way. It feels like just a few miles to go after lunch. Brid here we come – after we’ve finished our cheese and ham toasties.



Last lap to Bridlington

Weather looking good this morning as we get ready to leave York for Bridlington via Pocklington, Huggate and Driffield. The last 60miles.

Snug in our beds tonight – then to Brid

It was good to arrive home in York as the three of us cycled along the Ouse Cycle Path from Skelton. We agreed to meet up again at 9am ready for the last day of the ride from York to Bridlington. It’s not too late to sponsor us
We’ve taken a few pictures along the way – here are a few of them.


Setting off in Burnsall

Ed arrives near the summit of Greenhow Hill

Joan isn’t far behind


Leaving Ripon after lunch – the fine weather didn’t last long.

Ed at Home Farm Coffee Shop Beningborough

The intermittent heavy rain this afternoon seems to have put off anyone who intended to ride with us from Beningborough. It didn’t dampen our spirits though and the excellent hot drinks at Home Farm Cafe on the estate were just the ticket as we took our afternoon break, just 9 miles from home – even though we are 69 miles from the end of our ride which continues tomorrow.

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It’s lunchtime. Your intrepid cyclists are in Ripon – just about half way between Morecambe and Bridlington.

The first view from Brimham Rocks

There have been some great climbs and long descents on the way here through Pateley Bridge, passing Brimham Rocks and Fountains Abbey.
It rained as we sat down for lunch but the sun’s shining now ready for our afternoon ride to York, via Boroughbridge, and Beningborough Hall.

On our way to York

After a fabulous breakfast Ed puts a few strokes of air into his tyres before we head off for Ripon and then York. After a few miles we stretched our muscles and prayed and turned our bikes towards the ascent of Greenhow hill. We’re half way up now and a few layers have been removed. The spectre of Stump Cross is ahead. Keep donating.