(scroll down also)
by cheque or other methods
|Here is John at the finish of his
walk, under the Buy Manning's Pit Banner on the Yeo
Dale Hotel. On the left is Selaine Saxby, our new
North Devon MP, who held one end of the finishing
tape, with Katie Martin holding the other
|Total 18th January
John has raised so far in cash (sponsor forms) and online donations about £1000, with more money still coming in. If you have only just heard about it, you can still donate.
John Lovelock lives in Pilton and attends the
Rose Hill Activity Centre in Bideford, part of the Northam Care
Trust. He is also a member of the Abbey
Gateway Club that meets at Pilton Community College
most Friday evenings.
John has a number of health problems, but that did not stop him from wanting to do a sponsored walk for Manning's Pit.
He has already supported Twinkle with her amazing fund-raising effort, and Twinkle joined him on part of his walk to return the favour.
He is the youngest son of the scientist James
Lovelock, the brother of Christine Lovelock (Chair
of the Friends of Manning's Pit) and he and all his family
have supported the Save Manning's Pit Campaign.
Here is John saying why he wants to do his walk:
John also wrote a poem about Manning's Pit back in 2018.
Here it is:
Manning's Pit is a seasonal place
Where everyone loves its grace
Where children play amongst the flowers
And old folk are dreaming all the hours
It's a place that everyone knew
And everyone hopes
will come true.
John's Training Update
New Year's Day Drama:
As many who follow
our Facebook page know, John has been combining his
training with the delivery of our Newsletter. He went
out on New Year's Day to do this, but ended up in the
Accident and Emergency Department of North Devon
Hospital following a nasty dog bite.
John had already planned to walk round the Hospital as part of his route, so this extra visit felt like part of his training!
What relevance does the Hospital have to our campaign? Well, for a start, Manning's Pit is very close to the Hospital, and more than once the Air Ambulance has landed in the fields. This one (above) in May 2017 came when John himself had a serious medical emergency.
Anyway, back to
2020, after the dog bite had been treated, see photo
above, John was out again delivering leaflets two days
later, sporting a smart bandage on the injured finger
and this time using a wooden spatula to push the
newsletters though letter boxes, as suggested by a
supporter on Facebook.
Map of John's route -
click to see full map
John walked up and down the Bradiford
Valley, going through Manning's Pit and Tutshill
Woods, calling at Blakewell
Waterside Cafe for a cup of coffee. It's a great
place to sit and watch the fish and other wild life
On his return he went up Shearford Lane and around North Devon Hospital, (scene of his recent visit to A and E) then back by Northfield Lane to Lynbro Road, down through Manning's Pit again, along by Hall's Mill Lane to Bradiford and across the fields by the river to Pottington, where you can get a distant view of the Devon Birds Preservation Society Reserve.
The final stretch was up Chaddiford Lane, along Bellaire and down Church Lane and Pilton Street to the Yeo Dale Hotel to finish under the BUY Manning's Pit Banner, in what has become the traditional way!
The walk took place on the 17th January, 2020
You can sponsor John online though his Charity Checkout Fundraiser page, see below: