The Pensioners Bus Pass Challenge

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1 in 30 children are born in the UK with a condition that may affect them for life. Grandad Clive Polkinghorne from Cornwall, who’s friends have twins with a rare and devastating condition, is trying to get that to change, by travelling across the country on his bus pass.

The brainwave came for Clive last November. He had seen how cruel ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T), a life-limiting, rare genetic condition, had been on the twins and their family, and he persuaded his wife and a couple of friends to join him to give their bus passes a good battering. They asked far and wide for sponsorship and embarked on much the same journey from Lands End to Bristol using their Pensioner’s Bus Passes.

The team have raised £1,500 for children’s medical research charity Sparks and the challenge has been submitted as a Guinness World Record for furthest distance travelled on a Pensioners Bus Pass

Clive explains, “We wanted to help Sparks to raise money for much needed research. More money is desperately needed for research into AT with the aim of finding a cure. Any grandparent or oldie can raise money in the future like this for Sparks.

Sparks raises money to fund pioneering children’s medical research for the 1 in 30 children born in the UK with a condition that may affect them for life. “Every child matters – that’s why we support research into any medical condition affecting children’s health, from rare diseases to the most common illnesses,” says Elvira Morrison, Head of Individual Giving at the charity.

You can sponsor Clive or embark on your own Bus Pass Challenge, explore new parts of the country and raise funds for Sparks. Simply call Neha on 020 7091 7750 or email her at [email protected] and we’ll help you along the way.


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