An Interview with Fran, our Night Light Fundraising Volunteer!

by Pam Jenkinson – Night Light Project Worker

One of our wonderful volunteers Fran is planning to embark on a quest to help raise funds for the Night Light Cafe. He’s doing a sponsored bike ride from Lincoln to Louth and back to Lincoln. Up and down those Wolds (rather him than us!). I asked Fran some questions about why he has chosen to do this challenge for Night Light

1. Please tell us a fascinating fact about yourself. 

Myself and my wife enjoy all things vintage; we like going to 1940’s / 50’s and 60’s events where we like dressing up in period costume. We have a 1961 Bedford CA Dormobile campervan named Finney, which up until covid, we would take and exhibit at shows and vintage events. Currently Finney is off the road as I am restoring him. We are currently doing dance classes so that when we go to the vintage events we can take part in the dancing.

2. What made you want to volunteer with the Night Light Cafe? 

I joined Night Light Cafe because I saw an advert asking for volunteers to help over the Christmas period and I had always thought about helping people in need over Christmas. After I had done three shifts, at three different locations, I really enjoyed my time at one of the cafes and felt that I got a lot out of helping. I felt a really warm sense of satisfaction that I was helping someone in need. I was really nervous before my first session, but once there it just felt right.

3. How did you hear about us? 

I found out about Night Light Cafe through seeing an advert on Facebook

4. Please tell us about your up and coming bike ride, which you are doing in aid of Night Light. 

On 11th August I am cycling with my friend, who is also doing this for his chosen charity, from Thorpe on the Hill into Lincoln, following the river to Bardney  and then onto Wragby. From Wragby it’s back roads all the way over the Wolds to Louth, where we are stopping with friends overnight. We are then doing the return journey the next day on the 12th. It’s approximately 80 miles round trip.

5. Why have you chosen Night Light as the charity you would like to raise funds for? 

The reason why I chose Night Light is because I do like cycling, albeit I haven’t done much since I came off my bike twice in the same day on ice in February and hurt my shoulder. The last two years I have done big month long cycling challenges for Lives for which I was a First Responder with. Last year I cycled everyday in September and completed 634 miles during the month, but this year I have suffered with a lot of ill health. I suffer with psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis and since having my Covid booster have had three big flare ups and only just getting over the most recent one, so I did not fancy a big challenge this year, but Thorpe to Louth and back seemed achievable. As I enjoy my volunteering so much with Night Light and I’m no longer an active responder with Lives, it seemed fitting to raise money for something that I am actively involved with and that I enjoy doing so much.

Fran, you are our hero! Not only do you loyally volunteer at one of our cafes, but you are also taking time out to do this for us. Thank you so much!

If you would like to sponsor Fran as he takes on this challenge, you can do so by following this link https://evr.fund/l5XX 

Furthermore, if you would like to know more about Night Light Cafe or would be interested in volunteering with us then contact us via email us at nightlight@actstrust.org.uk.

Or if you want to access mental health support for yourself or someone you know call us on 0300 011 1200 or see our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/nightlightcafelincoln 

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