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Donate through our website: https://www.realityyouthproject.co.uk
Spreading over two years (2017 & 2018), a team of 5 riders and 2 support drives aim to ‘Cycle The Cross’. This will entail a Coast to Coast bike ride in 2017, followed by the infamous John o’ Groats to Lands End bike ride in 2018.
Our intention is to raise £6000 for the Reality Bus (see below). To help to raise money for this amazing cause, a massive ‘Thank You’ needs to go out to the following companies all of whom have sponsored our cycling jerseys which is of massive support to us!
- Garden Vitality. Landscaping and Maintenance www.gardenvitality.co.uk
- Ubbergloves. Leicester’s leading cleaning company www.ubbergloves.co.uk
- Robert Spence. Sales and Marketing Consultant www.robertspence.co.uk
- Greens Consultancy. Health and Safety/Human Resources www.greensconsultancy.co.uk
- LE1 Architects. Leicester based Architects www.architectsle1.co.uk
- Haddie and Trilby. A real bakery based in Leamington Spa www.haddieandtrilby.com
- Paul Clarke. Freelance sales, training and consulting @buildingsaleswarriors
- Pulse Express Couriers. Specialist temperature controlled couriers www.pulseexpresscouriers.co.uk
- Lemmy Do It. Property Maintenance Services @lemmydoit
- JF Gardens. Garden Maintenance email@example.com
This follows on from our adventures in 2015, where the same 5 riders and a driver set up a large endurance cycling event, deciding to cycle the 165 miles from Countesthorpe to Canterbury in one sitting in the hope of raising funds to transform our double decker bus into a mobile youth centre to allow young people the chance to socialise in a warm and safe environment with the latest games consoles, DJ decks and all sorts of gadgets. .
One drizzly day in May 2015, we set off from Canterbury with the target of returning to Leicestershire the same day. Unfortunately, 40 miles in to the ride, Rob suffered a horrendous crash. He lost control of his bike and at approximately 20mph went flying over the handlebars and landed directly on to his left shoulder in a pile of dirt by the side of the road. The paramedics arrived and gave a blissful dose of gas and air, but unfortunately Rob still had to go to Basildon Hospital for further treatment. It was there he discovered a snapped collar bone.
The rest of the team kept on going and didn’t once think of giving up. After being discharged from the hospital, one of the charity team members collected Rob in their car and caught up with the team so he was able to join the team in the support bus. Even with his arm in a sling, and being quite high on pain killers, he joined the team in riding for the final half a mile to the finish line where we were greeted by all of our families, friends and we had a beautiful party to celebrate the achievement. That day, we raised just over £6000 for the charity which was put to good use on the double decker bus.
To this day, the bus is on the road 5 nights a week allowing young people the chance of spending time somewhere in a safe environment and is even hired out by schools and local councils during the day time for other events and projects.
To follow on this success, we completed the ride once again in 2016 – and I am pleased to say this time Rob actually paid attention to his riding and didn’t fall off once! We raised a further £4000 on this ride.