Well a very different day! 150 miles punctuated by enjoyable stops…warm welcome at Dukeshill in Telford (wonderful ham and hampers, thank you Julie for our beautiful goody bag!), brief stop with the Worcester News for photo opp. – strangely locals reticent about being given FREE chocolate, but we eventually found 3 girls with a penchant for Sea salt and Earl Grey Tea mini bars to join us for the photo!
Then on to rendez-vous with old Eurocamp courier partner in crime Nigel. The Inn on the Green in Horfield seemed an unlikely spot for a CAMRA award winning pub, but lo & behold 12 real ales behind the bar, and we sampled them all – er correction, we sampled a couple, before descending, spirits refreshed, into Bristol and the Clifton Club, where Iain Wightwick had kindly arranged a private viewing of a BBC3 film about the evolution of the RNLI among many other things. Followed by fund-raising dinner, it felt funny to be on the other end of the charity wheel, but a splendid evening capped off memorably in cedar hot tub in Iain and Anne’s back garden. It’s a hard life driving this APE around!
Off to Cornwall in the morning.
The three charities that will benefit are: Treloar’s, which provides education and much more for disabled children, Sense, the leading national charity for deafblind people, and WaterAid which is an international non-governmental organisation improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the 3rd World.