Mike and his pals gear up for Land's End to Bristol!
Can you think of a better way to spend a long weekend, than cycling through the some of the finest areas of natural beauty that the South West has to offer, all whilst being a part of a fantastic team of fundraising heroes?
We certainly can’t!
This year, Mike and five of his best pals did just that, as they took on Land’s End to Bristol to say ‘thank you’ to the staff at Bristol Children’s Hospital. We caught up with Mike to ask him about his challenge.
“Having experienced the hospital first hand, my family and I decided it was time to give back. For two years, my wife and eldest son, Oliver, pretty much lived at Bristol Children’s Hospital until Oliver received his second bone marrow transplant. It became a second home, and the staff an adopted family. They have been nothing short of remarkable.
“Before Oliver was diagnosed with cancer, I was trying to cycle seven miles to and from work, just to help with my fitness. So, having the bike already, it seemed logical to leap to take on 60-80 miles a day for four days straight - why wouldn’t you?!
“I had my big brother Tony and mate Nick to help me along. Additionally, I had Gibson and Alex who were part of my crew on the Plymouth Lifeboat. And last, but not least, my workmate Si – who I think said yes before even knowing what he was signing up for!
“We are all new to this. Although, Nick thinks he is a Tour De France rider and has often dreamt of cycling all day instead of working! We’re were just looking forward to having a fun time and making great memories with mates and new friends as we cycle the amazing roads (and hills) of the South West.”
And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? By signing up to this event you become a part of our family of fundraisers, each of whom plays a vital part in our mission to make Bristol Children’s Hospital the very best it can be.
The fundraising doesn’t have to be complicated either. Mike’s team fundraised together, sharing a group sponsorship target.
“We had our individual JustGiving pages, which all link onto a team page – ‘One Pedal At A Time’. We also did cake sales, Wrong Trousers Days, sponsored walks, a quiz and raffle and auctioned a custom-made surfboard from Luke Young.”
So why not ride alongside this bunch of fundraising heroes and do something extraordinary this year? Could you and your pals take on the challenge and help children like Mike’s son, Oliver?
For more information about Land’s End to Bristol, contact Meg today.