Well, now that I am back on the wing and back in the gym, I am also free to continue with my Travels of a Virtual Nomad. However, there has been a slight change.
As many of you will be aware, my intention was to run, ride and row in the prison gym, following a virtual route around the country and beyond whilst keeping a diary on this site of where I would be if I were free to follow the route in real life. The sponsorship was intended to go to the absolutely fantastic charity, Not Shut Up who help prisoners all around the country with their involvement in the arts, and who deserve far more recognition for their efforts. However, due to technical difficulties at my end (and completely beyond the control of Not Shut Up ) it has not been possible to facilitate this. So instead I have had to change my recipient charity to the equally deserving Koestler Trust.
The Koestler Trust work tirelessly to hold an annual competition in which prisoners are awarded recognition of their work in the form of certificates and prizes. They also run a scheme in which those prisoners who show a particular commitment to the arts are given the opportunity to work with a Koestler mentor.
This work is priceless to prisoners who might otherwise have no outlet for their talents and I would ask all of you to follow and sponsor my journey for the benefit of The Koestler Trust‘s work and of the artistic interests of prisoners up and down the country.
But I would also like to ask you to visit the site of Not Shut Up, too. They are hugely deserving of any donation you might feel able to give, and go to great lengths to encourage prisoners (including myself) with our involvement in the arts. Please give them the recognition they deserve and donate whatever you can.