Apples & Pears is excited to announce one of our most challenging fundraising events yet… a four day coast-to-coast cycling adventure! Over the May bank holiday a group of 30 cyclists will embark on an epic journey from St Bees on the Irish Sea to Whitby on the North Sea Coast.
The journey which starts on 27 April takes our cyclists through the Lake District and then on through the Yorkshire Dales. Finally they’ll go through the North York Moors arriving in Whitby on 1 May. It’ll be a gruelling challenge with our riders cycling around 50 miles a day and covering at least 160 miles in total.
We’re asking our supporters to make sponsorship pledges through the official Virgin Money Giving page here.
There’s a real need for these donations and the money raised by the cycle ride will not only pay for new trips but will also fund pilot schemes to set up partnerships with new schools – helping us to reach more of London’s children.
The group of riders includes people of all abilities and most of them have never done any road cycling before! They are motivated and encouraged by the fact that each push of the pedal is contributing to an important cause.
Now is the perfect time to donate because every pound you pledge will be worth double thanks to The Exilarch’s Foundation which has generously offered to match public donations up to £10,000. That means there’s potential to raise £20,000 in total! That’s enough to fund a whole year of trips for eight separate schools!
We wish the cycling team the best of luck and will keep you updated on their journey and fundraising efforts through our social media channels.
A behind-the-scenes look at our intrepid cyclists
Daniel Dangoor, his sister Sarah and her husband Oli had the idea to organise the coast-to-coast ride last year. The inspiration came when Daniel started to cycle to work every day as part of his London commute. It gave them the idea of creating a physical challenge which would not only be demanding for everyone involved but would also raise money for children in London to help them overcome their own challenges.
They chose to support Apples & Pears because it’s a young, dynamic charity and every penny raised will directly benefit London school children.
They’re now busy organising training rides for the group and are excited about the challenge ahead.