As most of you know, I’m dyslexic. I have trouble with reading and comprehension. Spelling I’m now getting quite good at, it helps being a teacher and learning how to teach spelling to others is a great way to learn how to spell yourself!! I give myself 10 spelling lessons a week – my pupils only get 1!
Just think, you’re bright and intelligent yet you can’t read or write. If that was you, where would you be today, more importantly how would you feel? Dyslexia can sometimes make you feel stupid (I know from experience) but the more people who know about it the better it is for everyone.
Do you know anyone who is Dyslexic or do they hide it well? (We are good at that) but with more awareness of dyslexia less people will be afraid of admitting they have it and feel that they can succeed in life too.
I’m cycling 200 miles from Southampton to Portsmouth the long way round (may be more if I get lost) with my cycling pal Claire Wiltsher to help raise funds for the British Dyslexia Association. They do a fantastic job raising awareness of dyslexia to help those with dyslexia succeed in life.
I’ve done a lot of cycling BUT this ride is DIFFERENT. The challenge (besides 200 miles of cycling!) is about being able to look after my bike if it breaks down (I’ve been practising fixing my bike!), map reading and being totally self sufficient. I have GPS and map yet I still manage to get lost in the New Forest which is right on my doorstep!
Our journey will take us from Southampton down to Poole to catch the ferry to Guernsey then across to Jersey and the Granville in France. The last 2 days will be cycling up the French Coast to Cherbourg to catch the ferry to Portsmouth and the finish line hopefully still in one piece!
We leave on the 15th July and return on the 20th – please sponsor me just £2 and help make a difference to 10% of the population!