After biking through Europe on a fundraising campaign for a number of months, Andy has decided to settle for a while in Hemsedal, Norway. He is an electrician by trade and has taken a one year contract at a ski resort. He will post updates about his experiences on his blog and Facebook page.
He is presently visiting family in Gloucestershire before starting his new job and is shown here with nephews Archie and Logan.
Cousin Dorothy Milne Tenhave wrote the following entry on her Facebook page yesterday in memory of her son who died in August 2010.
“My son , Jerry, would have been 42 on Oct. 1, 2013, he was a diabetic since he was two, its a hard life being a diabetic, hope you all donate clothes to the diabetic stores. He was a good son, who didn t have a chance, was a great father and did what he could to survive. He suffered blindness, kidney failure and all the rest that goes with this disease. Someday I hope we find a cure for this disease, its not a happy life. Please give to Diabetes , give in memory of Jerry, he never asked for it and none of them do. Happy Birthday son, hope all is well and we meet again. xoxo”
Cousin Ashley Robertson is a graphic designer in Gloucestershire. He designs logos, T-shirts and wraps for monster trucks. He recently visited the U. S. to see his art work displayed on trucks at Monster Truck Jams in Lancaster, PA and Lebanon, NY.
He was accompanied by his proud Mum and Dad, Trudy and Andrew who were celebrating their 25th anniversary. They also spent a few days in New York City while on this side of the Atlantic.
Elizabeth and I spent an evening with them in Lancaster catching up on all the family news.
Gloucestershire friends skydiving across Europe for National Star College
By MICHAEL PURTON
DARING friends are cycling across Europe and skydiving in each country along the way to raise money for a college for young people with disabilities.
Andrew Buffrey, from Springbank, and Marcus Hill, from Tewkesbury, are cycling across the continent to help boost funds for the National Star College in Ullenwood.
Gloucestershire friends skydiving across Europe for National Star College••
They have already biked their way through France and Luxembourg and are currently in Belgium.
From there, they will go on to Holland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden, before reaching the final foreign destination of Norway.
They are doing a skydive in each country along the way, and are asking people to sponsor them as they take on the mammoth challenge.
They set off in March and expect the journey to take around six months. They will be camping out each night to save as much money as possible to donate to the college.
Both electrician Andrew and artist Marcus are keen skydivers, and they have set themselves a budget of just £1,500 for the entire journey.
They hope to find casual labour along their way to pay for the cost of doing each skydive.
Andrew was inspired to take on the gruelling cross-continent trek after being hugely impressed by the students and staff at the National Star College when he did some work there.
The 31-year-old said: “I chose to support the college after carrying out some electrical work on their changing rooms a couple of years ago.
“I saw the amazing work they do and had the pleasure of talking with a few of the kids and teenagers there.
“We decided to do this challenge because we are both keen skydivers and neither of us have travelled much in our lives, so we figured Europe was a safe place to start. We chose to cycle and wild camp the journey, simply because it suits our budget of just £1,500 each.
“We will have to find work along the way to ensure we can make all the jumps, especially as we approach the Scandinavian countries.”
The college provides further education, training and personal development for young people aged 16 to 25 with physical and mental disabilities.
To sponsor Andrew and Marcus, go to http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/AndrewBuffrey
Read more: http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Gloucestershire-friends-skydiving-Europe-National/story-18989856-detail/story.html#ixzz2a0J0eTsP
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