Deloitte Ride Across Britain is a world famous long-distance cycle challenge. 969 miles, over nine days, from the most south westerly point of Cornwall to the most north easterly tip of Scotland. It’s a tough cycle ride so let’s see what motivated some of our fantastic fundraisers to take on the challenge.
Team Mike and Matt
Mike and Matt are taking on the 969 miles from Lands’ End to John O’Groats in aid of The Prince’s Trust as a team.
Mike knows the ride is going to be a mammoth task, but after an operation it’s going to be even more of a challenge for him.
“I've just recently come off crutches having been on them for the last six months after a second operation in as many years on my leg. My training hasn't even started yet as I'm waiting for the surgeon to give me the all clear but I’m sure my motivation will get me there.”
Mike’s motivation is his sister Angela, who worked tirelessly to give opportunities to all young people regardless of their background right up until she lost her life in 2016 to bowel cancer at the age of 51.
Matt, believes that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, but many people find that impossible without some help, often due to circumstances out of their control.
Susi saw through her work as a Nurse Health Advisor to 14-21 year-olds in or leaving care, that life can be pretty tough without love, support and a helping hand. She’s aiming to do all she can to help young people believe in themselves and in doing so is fundraising for The Prince’s Trust. Her mission began after being diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency.
“It’s a catchy term for the fact that I had gone through early menopause in my early 30's. Finding out I was not totally falling apart having had classic symptoms of hot flushes, chronic anxiety and insomnia for the preceding two years and putting it down to a stressful job. Hindsight is a wonderful thing!
“I was diagnosed aged 35, out of the blue and was faced with coming to terms with not being able to have children, taking Hormone Replacement Therapy for the next 16 years and facing those existential questions of what it means to be a woman.”
It was a tough gig, working as a Nurse Health Advisor trying to reconcile what humans are capable of doing to their own children and faced with grieving the loss of her own fertility on a daily basis. Although, for Susi, nothing compared to some of the lives of the young people she was working with and continue to work with in sexual health. Helping young people allows Susi to take on a parenting role and she hopes it will show them that someone cares enough to take action and believe in them.
Inspired by Susi’s story?
We wish Susi, Mike, Matt and all Prince’s Trust rider’s good luck in September. If you want to cycle Deloitte Ride Across Britain with them, sign up here and benefit from the support of #TeamPrincesTrust.
If cycling for nine days seems a bit daunting to you, why not take on Palace to Palace 2018? You can choose to take on 45 or 90-miles. It’s an unbeatable route like no other – from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle or search our other events and become part of #TeamPrincesTrust.
We’re grateful to have so many wonderful riders fundraising to support 11-30 year olds, to enable them to live, learn and earn