BOB4K Cycling
BOB4K Cycling

BEACHES & BATTLEFIELDS

WOW...£19,684.69 RAISED FROM THE CHALLENGE FOR CAUDWELL CHILDREN DESTINATION DREAMS...A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED THE TEAM AGAIN!!!

The Bobbies on Bikes for Kids team (BOB4K) completed the punishing ride on Saturday 15th September, 2018, after spending six days on the road in difficult conditions.

The money that the BOB4K team has raised will now pay for two disabled children from Staffordshire, to go on Caudwell Children’s annual Destination Dreams holiday to Disney World, in Florida.

The charity created Destination Dreams in 2007 to give 25 families, each year, the opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Disney World.

The BOB4K team was cheered across the finish line, at Caudwell Children’s soon to be opened HQ, the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, in Keele, by friends and family before being presented with commemorative medals by Deputy Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, Nick Baker, and Newcastle-under-Lyme Councillor, Mark Holland (Cabinet Member and Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture).

Sergeant Steve Marsh, one of the organisers of the ride, says the challenge was more difficult than expected. As he explained: “This was our fifth cycling challenge to raise funds for Caudwell Children’s Destination Dreams holiday.

“Last year was extremely difficult as we rode 550 miles around Wales, taking in the Snowdon National Park and the Brecon Beacons, where we climbed a staggering 39,000ft of ascent in just five days.

“This year we cycled a relatively flat route across Normandy, but the challenge was the stifling heat, which made it extremely difficult.”

The BOB4K team has also cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower and from Cologne, in Germany, to Stoke on Trent, to raise funds for Caudwell Children.

The team began fundraising for the charity after learning of the difficulties associated with taking a disabled child, with a life limiting condition, on holiday.

As Steve explained: “Many parents of disabled children can only dream of taking their child on a holiday to Disney World. The thought of attempting a long overseas flight, without expensive medical support, fills them with dread.

“However, Caudwell Children’s holiday provides 24 hour professional medical support for the duration of the trip as they take a team of paediatric doctors and nurses.

“Not only that, the charity takes a group of over 40 enthusiastic volunteers to help each family. This allows parents to create happy memories with their children, and their siblings, for perhaps the first time in their lives.”

The team also took time out of their challenge to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and to commemorate the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in it, by laying a wreath at the Menin Gate Memorial, in Ypres.

“It was an amazing effort by an extraordinary group of people,” said Kerrie Davies, associate director of events at Caudwell Children. “Their dedication, determination, and commitment to raise funds for disabled children in Staffordshire is remarkable, and once again they are giving two disabled children from this region the experience of a lifetime.

“We can’t thank them enough!”

You can support the BOB4K team through their Just Giving page here.

 

DAY 5 COMPLETE!

THE CHALLENGE IS OVER ... BUT THE FUNDRAISING CONTINUES!

A massive well done to all the riders who have completed the Beaches and Battlefields challenge! The long days in the saddle and cycling in some strong head winds took plenty of effort and the emotional visits took the full effect on the team.

A big thank you to everyone who has sponsored and supported the team...there is still chance to sponsor the team as we aim to hit the £20,000 target.

DAY 4 COMPLETE!

Another 80 mile day finishes with a emotional evening at the Menin Gate.

The officers are doing the team proud and laying the wreath at the ceremony.

SOME PHOTO'S OF THE TEAM DURING THE DAY 4 CYCLE

DAY 3

90 mile ride beginning to take it's effect now on the riders as they complete day 3. Mainly travelling through the Somme region today. Tomorrow the team will reach the Menin Gate for an emotional evening.

DAY 1 & 2 UPDATE!!!

All riders are doing extremely well and keep pushing the pedals as they've now completed over 190 miles in 2 days!

Steve Meacock reports 'Yesterday we stopped at some of the June 1944 landing beaches including Utah and Omaha beach. Also the American WW2 Normandy cementery and  Maisy battery near Grandcamp Maisy, where visitors van walk through German WW2 trenches.

Today we have visited some of the landing beaches including Gold, Sword and Juno beaches. Also the Pegasus bridge at Bennoville where the paratroopers had to take the bridge before the beach landings started.'

Please keep supporting the riders and take a look at some of the photo's below

 

The team are now on-route for the start of the 2018 challenge. We are wishing all the riders a safe ride and hope we can reach the all important £20,000 target towards the Caudwell Children Destination Dreams project.

You can sponsor the riders by visiting justgiving.com and searching bob4k. 

For daily updates on the ride then please follow the team on twitter...

@BOB4Kcycling

SEPTEMBER UPDATE

The team have now completed the training miles and are getting ready for the big challenge to start. Thank you to everyone who has supported the challenge so far, please keep supporting as we aim to raise £20,000+

AUGUST UPDATE

Members continue to fundraise and get the all important training miles in!

A Sunday ride to Llangollen by six team members saw some of the riders complete their first ever ride of 100 miles!

With 2 weeks to go the team is working, full out to make the £20,000k target.

The hard work now puts the team on a fundraising total of ...

£12,828.68 !!!

Wow, lets keep going and smash the £20,000 total for Caudwell Children.

Please keep supporting the team!

JULY UPDATE

The team continue to raise money with curry nights, afternoon tea, turbo sessions, summer fairs and much more.

Please keep supporting the team!

The team has now been announced with training and fundraising fully in action.

Team members have been visiting local supermarkets to collect much needed sponsor money for Caudwell Children Destination Dreams 2018.

Further events are being held throughout the summer. Anyone wanting further information can contact the club direct at bob4kcycling@gmail.com.

The recent hot weather has seen the team take advantage of getting some all important miles in the legs!!!

The 2018 challenge has been announced. Again the team will be raising all important funds for Caudwell Children Destination Dreams.

This year will see riders on the continent cycling across countries past the famous beaches and battlefields of both world wars.

 

The team will be aiming to raise £20,000 plus again.

So the 2018 challenge is Beaches & Battlefields!!! Lets support the riders again and make it another memorable year!

 

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