We decided very soon after losing Orla that we wanted to do something that would give us a focus for our grief and that would hopefully help others and make a difference. We had just 12 weeks to prepare for the trip, which included training, booking, planning routes and sharing our story in order to promote fundraising. We want to make as much money as possible for SANDS, so we were keen to ensure that we used as many platforms as possible – local newspapers, social media and blogging. We were both surprised at how much time and effort was involved, and continues to be needed throughout the trip. At times it can be hard, particularly when having a difficult day emotionally. However, knowing that we are doing this to honour our precious daughter and make her proud is the most profound and meaningful motivator.
This is our story of preparing to Cycle for Orla.