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NEWS

NOVEMBER 2018

Police cyclists’ £120,000 legacy to disabled children

A team of cyclists from Staffordshire Police, has announced that over the last five years it has raised a staggering £120,000 to send 10 children, with life limiting conditions, on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Disney World, in Florida.

The Bobbies on Bikes for Kids team (BOB4K) recently completed a 440 mile cycling challenge across northern France, adding to a growing list of annual cycle challenges it has created to raise funds for Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their family.

“Our latest BOB4K challenge, Beaches and Battlefields, saw 12 cyclists taking on a relatively flat route across Normandy,” explained Sergeant Stevon Marsh, one of the organisers of the event. “However, the stifling heat made it extremely difficult.

“But we’re used to the mental and physical stresses and strains of riding long distances having cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower, Cologne to Stoke-on-Trent and 550 miles around Wales, since 2014.”

With this year’s challenge netting a cool £19,684 the total that the BOB4K team has raised over the last five years now stands at a whopping £120,000.

“I can’t thank the 85 cyclists who have taken part in the challenges enough for their dedication, determination and commitment, often in times of adversity.

“It’s a truly life changing amount for the children that we support,” enthused Stevon.

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 Stevon explained: “Many parents of disabled children can only dream of taking their child on a holiday to Disney World, and 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.”

On this year’s challenge the team took time out 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. “They’re energy and enthusiasm to raise funds for disabled children in Staffordshire is remarkable, and once again they’ve given two disabled children from this region the opportunity to have the experience of a lifetime.

“We can’t thank them enough!”

For updates on the battlefields and beaches ride please visit the 2018 battlefield and beaches part of the web page. Many Thanks

AUGUST 2018

The route planners continuing last minute work on the route...all the hardwork is now only 6 weeks away!

JUNE AND JULY 2018!!!

The extremely hot weather has not stopped members cycling and fundraising! A few photos of members on there travels! The club is also arranging a trip to Derby Velodrome, any club members interested should contact Peter Johnson direct.

MAY 2018

3 Club riders completed the HQ2HQ challenge by riding Staffordshire H/Q to Derbyshire H/Q on an extremely sunny day.

The challenge was to raise funds to send cycles from police property stores, to children of 2017 Caribbean Hurricane Disaster.

JANUARY 2018...BREAKING NEWS....

2018 CHALLENGE ANNOUNCED!!!

BEACHES, BATTLEFIELDS & BIKES!!!!

Please see the seperate page for more information.

 

17th October update- BATTLE THE DRAGON..£20,460.80 RAISED FOR CAUDWELL CHILDREN CHARITY

ITS OVER...WELL THIS YEARS CHALLENGE!

The team have successfully finished BOB4K Battle The Dragon Cycle Challenge!

 

More than £20,000...more than £100,000 since 2014 in aid of Caudwell Children.

Please see Battle The Dragon for more information and pictures!

Well done all, and a massive thanks to the companies who sponsored us and the public for the much needed support!!

ONE WEEK TO GO...

With one week to go for the team....TWO bits of NEWS 

1) Mark Hurst will be riding the challenge after having his operation date moved!

2) The team have past £17,000 now! But still £3000 more to go to make the team target. Please keep supporting the team!

 ONE MONTH TO GO....

Plenty of rides and fundraising going on as the team have only one month before the start of the challenge. The team have currently raised £13,226.15 from there efforts and will be all out to smash the £20k target!

Two of the Steve's from the team both had successful fundraising events over the weekend.

Unfortunately due to a pending knee operation team rider Mark Hurst has had to pull out of the challenge. That's still not stopped him cycling the first and final day of the challenge with one fully working knee! Mark also achieved his sponsorship target...the rest of the team wishes him a speedy recovery!

The team new hoodies ae now ready for collection. Please contact Justine.

 

Fundraising continues and the team not far away from the magic 100k mark since forming in 2014!

At the start of June the team had the official launch at Staffordshire Police H/Q with Chief Constable Jane Sawyer. At that stage the team have raised £8220 for this years challenge... the team are well on the way to reaching the £20,000 target. Riders have continued to fundraise throughout June and a 24hr cycle event was held at the Dog and Partridge Pub at Packmoor. A big thank you to everyone who took part and stay tuned to find out the final figure raised from this event!

National Velodrome Experience at Manchester

Late May gave 15 people the opportunity to experience the thrills of track cycling at the home of cycling, the national cycling centre Manchester.

An enjoyable evening had by all!

 

APRIL AND MAY has club members contining the training and fundraising with team rides, spinning sessions, cake baking and cycling at a festival! The team continuing to reach the £20,000 target!

Club members...wanting to experience riding at the Velodrome??

Please contact club secretary for further details.

MARCH & APRIL RIDES.

The most recent team ride had club members cycling the Cheshire countryside & two of the club of riders taking on the Velo29 Cheshire Cat Sportive.

WELL DONE TEAM MEMBER MARK HURST!!!!

Mark has just completed Coast to Coast. Not easy by any stretch of the imagination (certainy not in February!!!) and Mark completed this challenge in support of the Academy for Performing Arts at Bradwell.

Team BOB4K at Gatwick airport to see the children off on this years Destination Dreams trip. A massive thank you to everyone who made this possible.

The Euro 500 cycle challenge raised a massive £28,469 for Caudwell Children Destination Dreams. Big thank you to everyone who supported the challenge...that includes, support team, sponsors, riders and most of all the general public who continue to support this good cause.

THANK YOU ALL

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