It’s a busy time for 60-year-old Libby, who taught at the former High Bentham Primary School for more than 20 years and retired as headteacher at a Ripon infants school four years ago.
“I wanted a challenge and to go into my sixties feeling fitter than I have for a while,” said Libby.
Emily, 26, who works in wealth management in London, returned to the family home in Low Bentham during the first lockdown so mother and daughter took on the hospice’s 2.6 Challenge. Libby cycled while Emily ran.
They also completed a ride around the area served by the hospice in May, cycling 70 miles a day, and the Way of the Roses from Morecambe to Bridlington, covering 170 miles in three days.
Since Emily returned to London, and in readiness for their next marathon challenge, Libby aims to cycle several times a week accompanied by her husband Trevor.
And while putting in the miles, Libby has also organised a special art exhibition, which takes place in the hospice’s Courtyard Café, from March 25 to April 3, Monday-Friday, 11am-3pm or on other days by arrangement.
It will display around 90 paintings by Libby’s former colleague and ex-deputy head of High Bentham School, Peter Bolton.
The paintings in goache, watercolour, acrylic and ink depict mainly Lakes and Dales scenes and 50 per cent of all sales will be donated to the hospice.
An exhibition preview and cheese and wine evening attended by Peter takes place on March 25 at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available by ringing 01524 382538 or online here.
This event is supported by Booths, Aldi and Churchmouse Cheeses of Barbon.
Libby hopes the hospice exhibition will be as popular as a similar exhibition of Peter’s paintings which she organised for Bentham’s St John the Baptist Church last year, raising £4,000 for the church.
Peter has also donated a painting of Sunderland Point which will be auctioned at the hospice’s Forget Me Not Ball on March 5.
“Helping the hospice is the main motivator for all of us,” said Libby.
The fundraising efforts will be matchfunded by Emily’s employer, Schroders, and are in memory of Libby’s dad, Clive Osborne, who died at her home after spending two weeks at the hospice in April 2013, just four weeks before his 80th birthday and only six months after her mum’s death.
Libby’s other connection with the hospice is through her involvement with their Nourish team, who deliver assemblies in schools to raise awareness of health and wellbeing.
Libby has already raised £1,500 at a jumble sale in Bentham, cake sales and also has a Just Giving page here.