Ride for a reason

Everyone has their own reason to RideLondon...

Francesca Sawer (pictured above): a Psychology Student with The Children's Trust until September “I like to do things that I’d never imagine myself being able to do. Inspired by my work at The Children’s Trust I can see how all the money I raise makes such a difference and that keeps me going through the pain. "I am completing in the Castle Howard Triathlon on July 24th AND one week later the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 mile cycle event on July 31st. For those of you who don’t know I am a terrible swimmer. Up until a year ago I never voluntarily set foot inside swimming pools, unless it was on holiday and a necessity purely to cool down. Therefore putting myself into a dirty lake, where I can’t touch the bottom, surrounded by hundreds of flapping legs and feet is up there with one of the scariest things I have done.This year I have decided to raise money for The Children’s Trust, which is a one of a kind rehabilitation service for children with brain injury. It is a fantastic charity that I have benn privileged enough to work for in the past few months and I can vouch for how much of a difference your money makes." John Sheldon (pictured above):
“I have a special interest for riding for The Children’s Trust as my Granddaughter Jasmine goes to the school there. They have helped her tremendously, and I feel it is the least I can do to help them carry on their great work. I’m hoping for sunny weather like last year." Graham Botwright (pictured above, with his team): Riding to remember his sister My friends and I have pulled on the lycra and taken on Ride London several times for The Children’s Trust. The first was in 2014 riding in memory of my sister, as a fitting tribute to her and to raise money for ‘our great cause’. By taking part we’re helping more children and their families today and tomorrow.” "The enthusiastic cheerers along the route give a real boost and keep you going. Fingers crossed I’ll be lucky in the ballot next year too and be back for fun, cheers and the post-ride massage." The below was written by Graham’s friend Matt Taylor who is riding with him once more: “Another year passes and a few middle aged men and women feel the need to put on their lycra for a great great cause. The Children's Trust is an amazing place! If you're unfortunate enough to need their help you'll either be a child with serious brain injury, have multiple disabilities or a family member responsible for a child with these challenges. You'll be incredibly fortunate to have found one of the world's leading places who research, care and treat people like you to offer the opportunity to have the best life possible. "One of our team, Graham, lost a sister on 10th August 1985 at the age of 15.  She had lived at The Children's Trust for 5 years, having been born terminally ill with an aggressive degenerative disease, including complex mental and physical disabilities. The Children's Trust gave her and her family some semblance of a life in almost impossible circumstances. The quality of healthcare and knowledge is exceptional but what truly stood out more than anything was the love from the team at Tadworth to Karen and her family.  That love is still there today, 31 years on and grows stronger with our support.So, please help us to help them offer this for many more kids and their families today and tomorrow." There's still time to ride with us if you’ve got own place: just call 01737 365018 (A bonus sports massage therapists will be waiting for you at the finish!)

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