18/3/2019 Update - Penny has now safely returned home putting her bus journey on pause as we all follow Government advicde in light of coronavirus. Penny saud "Your donations are really appreciated. I’m gutted to have to be returning home but it’s the right thing to do. Do join me again on my travel blog when we are safely able to continue."
Penny Ibbott is now embarking on a tour around England on a bus, relying only on her wits and using her bus pass to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
She caught the 9.38am 700 Stagecoach Coachliner from Bosham to Portsmouth on Monday March 2 to start her incredible adventure.
Penny aims to be at Lands’ End by March 9, and from there see how far she can get around England on the most modest of budgets and the kindness of friends and strangers alike.
Penny said, “I’m doing this for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, which is now located in brand new, purpose-built premises in Bosham, the village where I live.
The loving care they provide for terminally ill patients is outstanding. I know, because my husband Geoff was one of them.
This journey will give me a space to think about him, remember the life we led together and it’s really nice to do this part in memory of him too”.
Community Fundraising Manager Alex Burch said, “Penny hopes to get up to Hadrian’s wall and back and we wish her all the best!
St Wilfrid’s Hospice is incredibly grateful to have supporters like Penny, prepared to take on challenges to help fund the £7.7 million it takes for St Wilfrid’s to offer its services completely free to the public each year”.
You can follow Penny’s journey on her facebook page @boomeronabus and donate at stwilfridsfundraisers.everydayhero.com/uk/boomer-on-a-bus-1.