Bodmin man Roger Pheasant is leading a mighty challenge this August in memory of his sister. He and a band of friends will pull an oak barrel of Cornish ale from Torpoint to Land’s End in 36 hours. They’ll be raising funds for two charities in Cornwall, Cornwall Hospice Care and the Royal British Legion.
Julie’s Challenge 2018 will start in Torpoint at 10pm on Friday 24th August and finish at Land’s End at 10am on Sunday 26th. Leading the challenge will be Roger Pheasant, a former member of the RAF Regiment and brother to Julie who died in 1999. “My sister had a rare form of Leukaemia that she battled with for 13 years. She was like a guinea pig back then and endured three different kinds of chemotherapy. I think what she went through has helped save the lives of others since then. Sadly many people in Cornwall will at some stage have contact with Cornwall Hospice Care because of a relative or friend facing a terminal illness and that’s why I want to give the charity my support.
We did a similar challenge 25 years ago that raised £3,200, but this will be a tricky one given the barrel weighs around 65 kilos and we’ll be using handles and a harness to pull it. A group of people from the Tough Guy event in Wolverhampton are coming down to help. It’s an event I’ve taken part in 28 times and is an 8 mile course that includes up to 180 obstacles.”
Catherine Robins is the Cornwall Hospice Care Community Fundraiser in North Cornwall; “This is an extraordinary undertaking by Roger and his friends and I wish them every success with the barrel pull. We’ll be hosting their breakfast stop at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice on Saturday 25th August, which will allow them to see at first hand some of the superb facilities we have for those families who are living with terminal illnesses here in Cornwall. I wish them all good fortune.”
You can find out more and donate to Julie’s Challenge 2018 by visiting the following fundraising page:
You can listen to Roger talk about Julie’s Challenge 2018 here – https://youtu.be/11NN6I7aW5A