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Letters to the Spalding Guardian editor – January 21, 2021

Up the miles for hearts

We’ve all felt the strain of 2020 and with restrictions in place across England it’s important that looking after our physical and mental health remains a priority in 2021.

That’s why I’m encouraging people to stay active throughout the winter months and improve their heart health by taking on the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) 30-day virtual cycling challenge, MyCycle.

The BHF found that signing up to a challenge has helped a quarter of people get fitter in the past.

Completing an exercise challenge, like MyCycle, can also have a positive effect on your mental health as it helps to increase your level of endorphins, which are a natural mood booster.

This, combined with the knowledge that the miles you’re covering are helping to raise vital funds for the BHF’s life saving research, is sure to help put you in a good mood.

The coronavirus crisis hit charities especially hard last year.

The BHF anticipate they will have to cut funding for new research by £50million this year which will put potential life saving discoveries at risk.

That’s why I’m taking on MyCycle this January.So, join me and start pedalling to up the miles and get sponsored to help raise vital funds for life saving research into heart and circulatory diseases. For more information visit: www.bhf.org.uk/mycycle

Aimee Fuller

British Olympic Snowboarder & cycling enthusiast

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (44028220)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (44028220)

Thought for the Week: We can lose our way without a vision

The great explorer and naval captain Sir Francis Drake wrote in 1587: “There must be a beginning of every matter, but the continuing unto the end yields the true glory.” Ten years earlier he had begun a voyage, which was completed after three years and circumnavigating the world.

Some of us start a new project with great enthusiasm. We are optimistic about the outcome and how quickly we will achieve it. It is easy to think of how pleased we will be when we have installed a new kitchen or dug a new pond. It is also easy to underestimate what hard work it will be, and not to consider any unexpected difficulties.

Our passion for the project will only get us so far. We will have to draw on our determination to persevere, despite making slow progress, until, little by little, we realise that we are getting close to the end.

When we are struggling to keep going, we must remember that what can be done quickly and easily is rarely long-lasting. We are encouraged by looking to our goal and telling ourselves that all this now will be worth it when we get there.

Christians believe that God wants to make everything right with the world and that he wants human beings to work with him to that end.

It is easy to despair and say “things will never be perfect”, but the hope that they ultimately will be, with God, has sustained countless men and women to go further and to reach higher.

There is an Old Testament Proverb that begins: “Where there is no vision, the people perish”.

If we do not have an idea of how we want the world to be, or what part we can play in helping it to become that, then we risk losing our way as we go through life.

People sometimes dismiss the importance of churches because they are full of old people.

And yet, those who have remained faithful to God, and worked with him until the end will surely be well-placed to “yield the true glory”.

John Bennett

Vicar of Spalding, St Mary & St Nicolas

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