Jim Burke was a much loved and very dedicated member of All Saints Church and was devastated by the fire in 2015. He inspired and organised a parachute jump in 2019 in aid of the rebuild and was keen to see the church restored to its former glory.

Jim’s daughter, Karen Theobald, writes:

On 1st September I start my cycle from Lands End to John O Groats in memory of my wonderful father, Jim Burke, and with the hope of raising funds for the All Saints Church restoration, something that meant so much to him.

To raise funds for the restoration Dad bought a bike in his mid 80’s, apparently with the intention of doing this iconic long-distance cycle.  Although determined and always ‘thinking positive’, his bike didn’t make many trips from his garage!  He passed away two years ago and on the 6th September he would have been 90 years old.   So, I thought this would be a fitting time to do the ride for him.

I plan to arrive in Bristol, where my youngest son lives, to celebrate his 90th birthday before continuing North.  My route takes me past Gloucester, Stoke on Trent, and Preston before heading up towards the Lake District and on to Carlisle. In Scotland, after passing Glasgow, I head towards Inverness and on up to Lairg and then John O Groats.  A total of 1,100 miles.

Originally, I was planning to do this trip on my own, but 4 cycle buddies have asked to join me, which is fantastic. We have been training hard on our touring bikes, increasing the weight in our panniers to get used to the extra effort. We don’t plan to ride all day preferring to enjoy the experience and hopefully meet people along the way. Our goal is to complete the trip in 3 weeks. I am attempting to raise £750 for the Church restoration and would be thrilled if you were able to donate via my Just Giving page.

Fingers crossed for good weather!