Chase the Sun – Athletes and Cyclists Head West

On a long summer day this June teams of runners and cyclists will line up on the East Coast at sunrise to raise funds for Restore. Their mission is to reach the west coast before sunset. It’s time to Chase the Sun across 200km of Yorkshire and Lancashire from Bridlington to Morecambe before sunset.

Each competitor aims to raise at least £500 for Restore by attracting sponsors for their marathon effort.

Restore has to raise £8 for each night someone stays in one of our rooms. So for every thousand pounds raised, 125 nights of shelter and support are funded. How many rooms could you donate by supporting one of our runners or cyclists?

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Chase the Sun – the data

Distance 140 miles or 200km
Date: Saturday 15th June 2019
Hours of daylight: 17
Sunrise in Bridlington: 4.30am
Sunset in Morecambe: 9.45pm
Route: East to west via Malton, Easingwold, Boroughbridge, Pateley Bridge, Settle, Lune Valley.

The big question is: Will they make it before the sun goes down over the western horizon?

Homelessness on the Map – Heart Operation a Success

Lined up and ready to start the 100 mile route

Early morning, Saturday July 14th, seven cyclists pose for the camera as they are about to depart from the Heart of Yorkshire on a heart shaped route to put Homelessness on the Map. The next 100 miles on a searingly hot day would demand every ounce of strength they possessed. Turning the pedals, they set out for Castle Howard via Terrington Bank. The bank is tough on a bike so at the top they stopped for a picture and liquid refreshment. [Read more…]

Only hours to go before our cyclists set off

Our amazing team of cyclists set off from The Heart of Yorkshire at 9am on Saturday 14th July to complete a 100 mile heart shaped route.

Cycle at York Minster

Cycling from the Heart of Yorkshire

A gruelling day on the road lies ahead of our team, aiming to cycle 100 miles, returning to York Minster by 8pm in the evening. They are taking up this challenge for Restore to provide homes for homeless people. All they need now is your support.
If you can, please sponsor the team and make their day worthwhile.
If you have already donated, thank you for your support.

Sponsor the team – click here

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Put Homelessness on the Map


One hundred miles to put Homelessness on the Map. Tracing a heart from the Heart of Yorkshire, a team of cyclists will set off at 9am to cycle 100 sponsored miles in a single day, Saturday 14th July 2018. If you are up for the challenge why not join us. If you admire our athletic prowess why not sponsor us. Perhaps it would better to say; Support the work of Restore and sponsor the cyclists as they rise to the challenge. [Read more…]

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.