UPDATE: With just over a week to go until our director, Rob Challice, cycles around the Wiltshire countryside for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice he’s decided to increase the distance he’ll be pedaling! As if the initial 68 mile ride wasn’t intense enough, Rob will now be cycling the epic 83 mile route! “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I have received so far and really happy with my training so I am going for 83 miles!” Rob explains, and thanks to your generosity he’s nearly hit his fundraising target of £2,500. Let’s keep him going, especially as he’ll be pedaling those extra miles – read more on Rob’s Just Giving page here.
On 12th March Rob Challice, one of our three directors, will be cycling a gruelling 68 miles through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside surrounding the festival site to raise money for our charity partner, taking part in Cycling Weekly’s annual Wiltshire Wildcat Sportive.
Rob will be pedalling his hardest in support of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice who help families local to the festival in Wiltshire and Dorset, and he’s set himself an impressive target, “I’m aiming to raise £2,500 to go towards the charity’s brilliant work, which could cover the cost of vital specialist support and equipment.”
Every donation will make a difference. £45 provides one-to-one therapy for a bereaved parent or sibling, £60 pays for two hours of precious respite for an exhausted parent, £120 is enough for a morning at the hospice where a child can play safely, and £600 could provide extra emergency care for a family in crisis.
So why a cycling challenge…? “I cycle around Cranborne Chase as often as I can when working on the festival, so I’ve had my eye on tackling the Wiltshire Wildcat Sportive for some time. Some of my favourite cycling routes and climbs are in the area.”
Rather him than us! Although if you enjoy a bike ride you may be interested to know that Rob may be leading a cycle ride during the festival this year – but nowhere near as long as this one! Sign up to our mailing list to hear more when it’s announced, or watch our website, Facebook and Twitter.
To donate now, visit Rob’s Just Giving page.
*Pictured above: Rob Challice with Sir Chris Hoy, who happened to drop into Rob’s spinning class and gave him a word of advice!