Loddon Vale Cyclethon 2014
Intrepid Rotarians Complete Epic Top-To-Toe Journey for Charity.
Ireland: From Malin Head to Mizen Head by Pedal Power
A team of four cyclists, which included members of the Rotary Club of Loddon Vale and nearby Rotary Clubs, has just returned to Berkshire after cycling 420 miles top-to-toe in Ireland, raising money for the British Heart Foundation and Sebastian’s Action Trust, which provides support to families with seriously ill children in the Berkshire/Hampshire area.
The cyclists were Peter Boon, Glenn Rothwell, Dave Donaldson and John Hammond and over eight days they travelled from Malin Head in the northern tip of Ireland to Mizen Head at the southern point.
John Hammond says “The British Heart Foundation is important to me as my Father died of a heart attack in 2013, and I want to ensure that money is in place to ensure that further developments in heart disease cures and prevention can be realised.”
Sebastian’s Action Trust has created the UK’s only purpose-built facility that offers respite holidays to very sick children and their families, enabling precious time to be spent together. John continues “Sebastian’s Action Trust is important to us as Peter Boon is the Chair of Trustees for this charity, born out of the tragic death of cancer ten years ago of Sebastian Gates, at the age of nine. Sebastian was a friend and at school with Peter’s son.”
The team was ably supported by Club Treasurer, Bob Hyatt who was the driver of the transit custom van, Chris Rothwell, wife of Glenn, who drove their camper van and Hilary and Bill Soane (Immediate Past President) driving their support van. Drizzle cake, bread pudding and jam sponge plus water, coke, grapefruit and orange juices together with energy drinks and a few pints of Guinness in the evening kept the cyclists powered.
Many of the locals and the owners of the bed & breakfast establishments that the team stayed in generously donated to the cause.
Peter Boon says in the blog ‘I have come to realise that Rotarians do wonderfully charitable work, but also have a wicked sense of fun.’
The team returned home last week, tired but happy, and all agreed with the proverb, ‘No road is long in good company’ even though a few wrong turns meant extra miles to cycle!
Donations warmly and securely received www.bmycharity.com/loddonvalerotary
Hear John Hammond speaking to Phil Kennedy on BBC Radio Berkshire
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