World Bicycle Relief UK
Charlie Pilkington

Charlie Pilkington

Cirencester to Lands End in 4 days

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Funded

  • £10K Target
  • £7,522 Raised
  • 1 Donors
  • My Story

For the last 2 years I have set myself a cycling challenge to raise money for World Bicycle Relief and to remember our eldest son Jacob, who tragically passed away in 2018;

  • 2018 - Marmotte Trophee, 4 day series in the French Alps (£4,000 raised)
  • 2019 - Everesting The Daneway Climb near Cirencester (£3,500 raised)

This years challenge is to cycle from Cirencester to Lands End, along with 40 other cyclists, who are raising money for various charities on a date to be determined, due to the Covid19 issue. The 4 day 320 mile ride will take us along the stunning North Devon coast with plenty of good climbs to test the legs.

If I am aiming to raise £2,500 this year, to take the overall total donated to WBR over the 3 years to £10,000. I'm sure you'll help me in helping others.

We estimate 5-7 hours in the saddle each day, riding between 70-100 miles each day.

This will be the furthest I have cycled in consecutive days and my training plan will include a week in the Tuscan mountains in May, plenty of indoor training sessions and long weekend rides to get the legs ready for the challenge.

Why I support World Bicycle Relief

I began to support the World Bicycle Relief charity following the tragic and untimely loss of our eldest son Jacob. A well loved and popular up-and-coming cyclist. I'm proud to have completed some amazing fundraising challenges, which has raised over £7,500 which has in turn funded 75 bicycles.

World Bicycle Relief is a global organisation which has provided over 500,000 robust and sustainable bicycles to students, healthcare workers, and other individuals in developing countries. Their number-one goal is to see quality bicycle transportation as a legitimate economic empowerment tool.

An estimated 57 million children don’t attend school, and more than half live in sub-Saharan Africa. The biggest barrier is the physical act of getting there. Tasked with many unpaid responsibilities, including collecting water and firewood, it is often girls who fall behind because of cultural obstacles. In rural regions of the world, girls also face challenging, long walks to get to school after their household duties.

I believe in the Power of Bicycles – do you?

See how I completed the Everesting challenge last year;

Jacob is pictured in the insert at the top of this page, an iconic image to those who were fortunate enough to know him. Our youngest, Gregor took the main picture, which is my (and him) part way through the 2019 Everesting challenge. I am wearing one of Jacob's team jerseys, VC Montpellier.

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Making good progress, Charlie has reached 25% of their target!