Ring of Fire Charity Bike Ride

We were contacted recently by Sam Whiting, a Year 10 student at Kennet School in Thatcham, who is organising a local charity bike ride on 22 June. Known as the “Ring of Fire“, it costs £10 to enter, 100% of which will go directly to two worthwhile causes – The Fire Fighters Charity and Camp Uganda.

The event has been given its name due to its link with the Fire Fighter’s Charity, and also because the various routes (10, 30 and 60 miles) all pass at least one local fire station. Also, the four West Berkshire fire stations (Newbury, Lambourn, Pangbourne and Hungerford) will be used as checkpoints, where  snacks and beverages will be sold.

Sam is hoping to raise £4,000, which will enable him to go on an expedition to Uganda, where he will do project work to dramatically improving the lives of people in underprivileged communities. He is donating half of the money raised to the Fire Fighters Charity due to the obvious links and the great work they do helping fire-fighters who have been injured during the course of their work. Sam has a personal connection to the charity, since his father is a fire fighter at Newbury fire station.

We would encourage everyone to support this event. Whether you’re after a healthy way to spend the day with your family or a testing challenge, there’s a route for you. Have fun, get fit and challenge yourself whilst supporting two good causes. For further information, visit: www.rofbikeride.weebly.com.


Wanted – riders for charity ride

We were recently contacted by Parity for Disability who provide life-changing services for profoundly disabled people living in Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey.

They are looking for an enthusiastic team of local cyclists to take part in their fundraising ride from Farnborough to its French twin town, Meudon, which is on the outskirts of Paris.

Participants will leave for Portsmouth on 5th September 2013. After an overnight ferry crossing to Le Havre, they will travel through scenic Northern France, stopping overnight at Vernon before arriving on Saturday 7th September at Meudon.

The event will be a real adventure, and will help raise thousands of pounds towards services for local people with multiple disabilities.

For more information, please contact organiser, Kimberley Norris, on 01252 375581 or kimberley@parityfordisability.org.uk


Wheels for Rotary – Sponsored Ride

The Rotary Club of Hungerford are looking for people to take part in their 2013 cycle challenge. Starting on 7 July, participants will cycle from Hungerford to its twin town of Ligueil in France and back – a distance of approximately 550 miles over 7 days.

This event offers you the opportunity to take in some stunning countryside in England and France, whilst raising money for two worthy charities: End Polio Now and Bruce Trust Barges.

The organisers are looking for 30+ volunteers, including 2-3 support vehicles to carry luggage and look after the riders.

For further information check out the Hungerford Rotary Club website.