Rachel Peutherer, Year 12, has set herself an ambitious challenge. It’s a challenge she has been plotting for some time but could not attempt due to her extensive musical commitments.
On 1st March, Rachel was appointed Head Chorister at Newcastle Cathedral, with the responsibility of leading the Girls’ Choir for three services a week. Sadly, the Cathedral closed its doors a fortnight later due to Covid-19 so other than recording an anthem from home for the online Easter Day service and running weekly social Zoom catch ups with the girls, she hasn’t been able to fulfil her duties as she might wish.
With all the extra time this has brought her (she usually invests two evenings and half a Sunday in the Cathedral Choir), Rachel has been able to train for a challenge that she has been dreaming about for the past three years: she is going to cycle from Newcastle to Berwick (approximately 80 miles) to raise funds for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. She admits she has never been ‘sporty’ so this challenge may come as a surprise for some, but it is all for a cause that is very close to her heart. Rachel was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2017 and the charity has supported her in a number of ways, including helping her to understand what was happening to her body.
Due to COVID-19, Crohn’s and Colitis UK have lost 60% of their income for the year as all of their summer events are cancelled. Calls to their helpline have increased by 400%, visits to their website have increased by 600%, and they are struggling to cope with the limited funds they have.
Hospital appointments are being cancelled all the time (including Rachel’s) and the charity is the first port of call for those suffering with Crohn’s or Colitis.
Rachel is planning to complete her monumental cycle once lockdown lifts so that her Mum does not have to complete a non-essential journey to collect her from the Berwick finish-line.
We completely admire her courage and determination for taking on such a feat in uncharted territory, in aid of a very deserving cause.
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