It may be that I’ve recently turned fifty, I don’t know, but I’ve decided to don a helmet and cycle up a mountain.

Not just any mountain either. I am taking on Mont Ventoux in the French Alps. Le Ventoux is, I’m told, the most challenging of the peaks on the Tour de France - at a  height of nearly 2000m. That’s twice the height of the Old Man of Coniston!

It is going to be hard work. With thirty-degree heat forecast for the weekend of the cycle, it will be hot, windy and uphill!

I am doing it to raise money for the work of L’Arche around the world, supporting people with learning disabilities.

Many of you will know that L’Arche is a cause that is incredibly dear to me. It’s been an integral part of my life for the last thirty years.

If you feel inspired, if you feel fifty, if you feel in a position to support me, I’d be very grateful. Help me get to the top – and back again – on the wings of love.