Hi to you all! Thanks for reading our fundraising page!
We are Julian and Dawn and we are both members of Guideposts Better Connected and Active service. We both were members of Mates and Dates, in Guideposts in Oxfordshire which is a Social meet up groups for Adults with Learning disability and / or Autism.
Sadly, because of the pandemic and lock down, our Mates and Dates service was not able to continue. But Guideposts wanted to find a way to help us all stay safe at home and they started Better Connected for members to have activities, online Zoom sessions and meetings so we could still get to stay connected to our friends and active with things we enjoy. It has been brilliant!
I (Julian) was so happy with Guideposts and everything they had to offer during lock down – that I decided to join the Guideposts Global Challenge to give something back to a charity that means so much to me. I work at Blue Diamond Garden Centre in Bicester, so I hope that my return to work after lock down 2 means I can get lots of miles added – as I work and walk really, really hard and far when I’m there!
We both met each other on the Guideposts Better Connected service, even though we have both been part of Mates and Dates for ten years, but we had never met!!! Our friendship has blossomed, so I (Julian) asked Dawn if she would like to join me on the Guideposts Global Challenge to help us add steps and so we can fundraise together!! We are both looking forward to adding more miles onto the Mission Map and raising funds for a great charity that has helped both of us so much.
A little bit of fun info about us, is Dawn’s favourite Better Connected activity has been Bingo! With Tim, and Julian’s favourite has been Dance Exercise with Amiee. We are looking forward to going to the pub together soon, as we both like to have a drink (responsibly) and socialise with friends.
We would love your support for all our hard work and efforts to Walk Around the World in less than a year with our Guideposts Global Challenge team of friends and supporters, and thank you very much for any donation you make to our Team of Two, Julian and Dawn.