24 Hour Charity Cycle Ride for The Neil Vines Trust
By kind permission of HMS Nelson at the historic Naval Dockyard Portsmouth, The Neil Vines Trust was able to hold a 24 hour cycling event with the beautiful and very iconic backdrop of HMS Victory. Organised by sister Sarah, with the help of friends and co-workers Debbie Rand and Charlotte Warren, the event was to raise money for the charity. The idea behind the event was that Neil managed to cylce Lands End to John O'Groats on a static bike whilst on chemo so raised over £5000 for Teenage Cancer Trust!
With keen volunteers each paying £5 for an hour slot on the bikes, this was sure to be some event! On sale whilst the cyclists were busy throughout the 24 hours were copies of Neil's memoir and the wristbands that have recenty been created for The Neil Vines Trust.
As well as the cycling, the organisers spoke with local businesses who kindly donated some fantastic prizes for a raffle. With a special thank you to all those companies that donated here are a list of some of the prizes that were on offer:
Radley handbag worth £110;
Meal for 2 at Loch Fyne;
£50 All Bar One voucher;
A meal for 4 at the Water Margin;
A meal for 2 at the Boatshouse Cafe;
£200 voucher from Brittany Ferries;
£50 jewellery voucher;
2 towel packs from Christy
Here are some of the updates by Sarah throughout the 24 hours!
-And they're off! The first cyclists start pedalling in what will be a very energetic 24 hours!
-We are 6 hours in and have raised an incredible £629 so far and cycled an impressive 475.8km/ 295 miles!! Thanks to all of our 13 cyclists and supporters
-12 hours in and the cyclists have raised £766 and cycled 977.4km/ 607 miles.
-Third update (a little late but sleep deprivation is to blame - the cyclists taking part in the 24 hour cycle at #hmsvictory have now raised a staggering £815 for #theneilvinestrust as of 08:00 this morning. Please keep donating - let's see if we can reach £1000. Distance cycled is 1291.5km/ 802 miles! Keep peddling everyone.
-The 24 hour cycle in aid of The Neil Vines Trust is now complete! The family of Neil Vines are astounded by the amount of money raised and the efforts of all those involved in this incredible event. With Neil at the forefront of everyone's minds, he helped motivate all those cyclists to keep peddling throughout the night. No doubt he was there in spirit and encouraging you all. The total amount of money raised at 14:00 today was an astonishing £1148.42!! The total distance cycled over the 24 hours was 1734km/ 1077 miles! Heroic efforts by all and we can't thank you enough. You have all contributed massively to the charity, which will be supporting teenagers and young adults, like Neil, living with cancer.
If you would like to donate to the charity then please click on the Just Giving icon.
This fantastic event has seen Neil's story reach the local papers. Click here to see the full story.