Monthly Archives: September 2018
I’ve just had a closer look at the route for our Pyrenees adventure. Day two looks interesting – 3 times the height of Snowdon ascents and 4½ times height of Snowdon descents. With 100% chance of rain and the occasional thunderstorm thrown in! Mmmmmm! – who’s idea was this? – Ah yes, in a moment of madness – it was mine!
Seriously though – this is going to be a really SERIOUS challenge for me – some of you will be thinking – “Didn’t he realise that?”. What I hadn’t bargained for was the impact the hormone therapy is having – I often feel quite lethargic which is not like me – and I have put on some weight as a result of the hormones [not the croissants obviously] to carry up the Col du Tourmalet and other little inclines.
And the answer to the “Why” question is this:
I want to give our Bamboozle families and their learning disabled kids happy memorable experiences – I know that you share my vision – parents often tell us that the experiences with Bamboozle are the best days of their children’s lives. It is increasingly difficult to get government funding – we were recently turned down for a Big Lottery bid – and we need to raise money in other ways – like riding through rain and wind across the Pyrenees!!
If you can help please go to this link:
If you want to know first hand what Bamboozle means to families and you have 5 minutes go to:
If you know anyone who might support this cause would you mind forwarding them a link to this blog! Thanks.
And thanks for reading – we fly tomorrow, start pedalling on Wednesday and arrive in Barcelona on Saturday evening – we are going to be keeping people up to date on progress on facebook and twitter.
Find out more about our Bamboozle supporter Garry Smith
Favourite place to cycle: France
Biggest challenge so far: This one! I don’t normally ride in a group, so this will be something very different.
Bike: Normally a steel Ridgeback tourer, but for this challenge a 1980’s aluminium Cannondale borrowed from my Dad, so I can hopefully keep up with the others.
How long have you been training?: All my life!
What motivates you to ride?: I love being out in the countryside and wondering what I will see over the next hill (but also thinking about the next coffee & cake stop of course).
Find out more about Garry’s motivation to take part in the Pyrenees Cycling Challenge by visiting his fundraising page BY CLICKING HERE.
Find out more about our Bamboozle supporter Rob Abell of Will Planning Solutions:
Favourite place to cycle: The Black Mountains in Wales between Abergavenny and Hay on Wye, near Brecon Beacons.
Biggest Challenge so far: Longest ride was 216 miles in a day going to Skegness then into Wolds and back to Leicester. Or the Six Alpine passes, Genova to Milan.
Bike: GT grade gravel bike.
How long have you been training: 6 weeks doing 200 miles regularly rides 100 miles a week.
Motivation for cycling: To prove a commitment to Bamboozle’s valued sponsors and to stick to my word and succeed at the task. This commitment reflects how I operate through the IPW (Institute of Professional Will Writers) and how I operate in life generally; professional, ethical and competent, with a personal touch.
Find out more about Rob’s business Willing Planning Solutions by clicking on his logo below:
*Here’s our press release about our upcoming Pyrenees Cycling Challenge!*
(Left to right) Rob Abell, Harris Hisham, Christopher Davies, Garry Smith and his daughter Josie Duggan and Neil Mayo
A Leicestershire charity’s fundraising cycle ride over the Pyrenees – including an ascent of the classic Tour de France climb Col du Tourmalet – is hitting the road this month after a delay due to its leader being treated for cancer.
Christopher Davies and fellow cyclists Neil Mayo, Garry Smith and Rob Abell had been scheduled to tackle the 282-mile, four-day challenge in May to raise money for Bamboozle, the Leicester-based children’s theatre charity.
Christopher, 70, from Aylestone, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016 after which his doctors decided to ‘watch and wait’ to monitor his condition. But earlier this year the cancer progressed and hormone treatment was begun, putting the start of the ride back until September 18th.
Christopher, co-founder of Bamboozle, world-renowned for its work for children with learning disabilities, said: “I wanted to do the Pyrenees ride before starting the next phase of treatment, which is an operation and then radiotherapy at the LRI.
“Generally, I’m still fit and healthy so I’m confident that with the encouragement of my three fellow riders we can all conquer the 1,444-metre climb up the Tourmalet and the rest of the route from Pau to Barcelona.
“The delay and the treatment have both made me more determined to complete the challenge and raise lots of money for Bamboozle.”
Fellow rider Neil Mayo, 52, from Farnsfield, is taking part to continue his ongoing support for Bamboozle after the charity helped his daughter Amy and the whole family. Amy was starved of oxygen during her birth in 2003, suffering brain damage, surviving against the odds but with extremely severe Cerebral Palsy.
Neil said: “Bamboozle helps to change attitudes about extreme disability and thereby helps to transform lives. Into our dark world came floods of colourful images, sounds, music, touch, smell, taste and laughter.
“Bamboozle helped equip us mentally and physically to connect to Amy. This helped Amy connect to us and the world around her. Amy, now a teenager, leads a rich, varied and fulfilling life.”
Garry Smith, 50, from Cropwell Butler, is also a parent of a disabled daughter who is helped by Bamboozle. Garry said: “Our daughter Josie suffered an extensive brain injury at birth which left her with multiple and severe disabilities.
“We quickly realised there are very few opportunities for fun and play for profoundly disabled children. It can be very isolating for the children and their families.
“However, when Josie was five a friend suggested that we go to a Bamboozle multi-sensory production, and it has been one of the highlights of our year ever since. Our times at Bamboozle, where we are all able to enjoy and interact with their productions are some of the happiest memories we have with Josie.”
Rob Abell, 56, from Countesthorpe, said: “I came across Bamboozle through a business networking group. What it achieves touched a nerve for me as I have a disabled brother whose condition has made life very hard for him and for our dad.”
Rob’s business is Will Planning Solutions and he is a council member of the Institute of Professional Willwriters (IPW). His fellow willwriters are supporting his fundraising for Bamboozle by making it their charity of the year and he has already exceeded a total of £6,000.
The cycle ride is part of a series of challenges devised by Christopher to mark his 70th birthday. The 70seventy challenge, so called because his aim is to raise £70,000 in his 70th year, has Niche magazine as its media sponsor. The second leg, The National Three Peaks in May 2019, is sponsored by Vanilla Recruitment while Leicester Racecourse is supporting and hosting a Marathon in June 2019.
For details of how to get involved in 70seventy or to donate: bamboozletheatre.co.uk/make-a-difference/70seventy/
Many thanks to Andy Gilgrist of House PR for putting this press release together for us!
Find out more about Neil Mayo, one of our parent supporters who is braving the Pyrenees Challenge:
Favourite place to cycle: Corfu where my sister lives as its hot and I can swim afterwards and drink cold beer.
Biggest Challenge so far: Trying to prepare for the 70seventy Pyrenees Cycling Challenge whilst involved in a building project to adapt a house for my disabled daughter.
Biggest cycling achievement: Dragon Ride Brecon Beacons in Wales years ago….160 miles and 10,500 feet in one very long and hot day. (Yes – hot in Wales!). As it turns out, these were my glory days!
What bike do you ride: Giant Defy Pro Carbon…far too good a bike for such a rubbish rider like me but my Granny left me some money when she passed and it reminds me of her and Granddad when I go out on it.
How long have you been training for this event: Started on 03/09/18. Not joking!
Your favourite motivational Quote: “The finish line and the pub are just around the corner…”
How do you stay motivated to keep pedaling: I am old and ugly and I want to pretend that I can become younger looking and handsome. Also, I look great in lycra and I don’t want to deny my adoring fanbase that magnificent sight.
Support Neil’s efforts by visiting our fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/70seventy