Barnoldswick solicitor completes 500km ride to 'heart of India'

First published in Pendle Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

A SOLICITOR from Barnoldswick has returned from a mammoth charity cycle trip to India that raised more than £1,500.

Sara Jane Chorkley, 47 spent two weeks on her bike following staff of the health charity LEPRA, who work to fight disease, poverty and prejudice in the subcontinent.

She was one of 12 cyclists from the UK who tackled the 500km route in the state of Madhya Pradesh, also known as the ‘Heart of India’.

Sara Jane, a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire, said: “I have cycled in Vietnam before and this was a great opportunity to get India under my belt.

“It was a real eye-opener sharing a room en route not only with my fellow cyclists, but also with a rat, two frogs and any number of geckos!”

Sara Jane accompanied a LEPRA health education van to project sites throughout the routes. In some villages, hundreds of people turned out to welcome the charity workers.

They also planted a custard apple tree in her honour high up on a hill in Madhya Pradesh.

Sara Jane said: “Meeting the people LEPRA is helping was very humbling, it was so hard to see people living in such poverty and hearing about the prejudice they face.

“It was a very emotionally tiring trip. We arrived during Diwali and it was a serious bombardment on your senses from start to finish. I loved it.”

LEPRA’s events coordinator Lizzie Dearling said: “In addition to the direct services we provide on the frontline, we focus on the people affected by some of the world’s oldest diseases associated with poverty.

“LEPRA treats, educates and gives a voice to these people and equips them with the skills they need to improve their lives. People like Sara Jane make this possible.”

Each year LEPRA reaches more than one million people with life-saving health information and improves the lives of a further 700,000 people affected by disease.

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10:59am Mon 17 Dec 12

mavrick says...

Why is it necessary to ride a bike to the heart of India to raise £1500? while this may be a noble gesture a sum like this could have been raised locally. If you want to ride a bike to India or on the great wall of China or even climb mount Kilimanjaro, Then do it.
Why is it necessary to ride a bike to the heart of India to raise £1500? while this may be a noble gesture a sum like this could have been raised locally. If you want to ride a bike to India or on the great wall of China or even climb mount Kilimanjaro, Then do it. mavrick
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5:42pm Mon 17 Dec 12

2 for 5p says...

mavrick wrote:
Why is it necessary to ride a bike to the heart of India to raise £1500? while this may be a noble gesture a sum like this could have been raised locally. If you want to ride a bike to India or on the great wall of China or even climb mount Kilimanjaro, Then do it.
Your absolutely right it's just a free holiday for them.
They probably raised a few grand but when you take out the cost of there flights and Accom and food there was probobly only £1500 left.
It's also good advert for the busnesses of all
Concerned .
That's just my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: Why is it necessary to ride a bike to the heart of India to raise £1500? while this may be a noble gesture a sum like this could have been raised locally. If you want to ride a bike to India or on the great wall of China or even climb mount Kilimanjaro, Then do it.[/p][/quote]Your absolutely right it's just a free holiday for them. They probably raised a few grand but when you take out the cost of there flights and Accom and food there was probobly only £1500 left. It's also good advert for the busnesses of all Concerned . That's just my opinion. 2 for 5p
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12:40am Tue 18 Dec 12

jaffa90 says...

£1,500 that`s about a 3 hours bill from a solicitor.Who said that?
£1,500 that`s about a 3 hours bill from a solicitor.Who said that? jaffa90
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