“I wasn’t planning on doing any fundraising this year, honestly, but then I heard about this event and for personal reasons I really wanted to do it. I am going to cycle 50km as part of a big cycling challenge and extravaganza called the Surrey Supercycle. This is despite not being able to train because I fractured my leg earlier this year and have only recently been able to put much stress on it.
“The Supercycle, which is happening on Sunday 16th September, is designed so that people with disabilities can get just as involved as people without disabilities. 8 charities in Surrey are clubbing together to put on an event which will allow disabled people to borrow specially adapted bikes – allowing them to do anything from 5km to 100km of cycling around the track from TV’s Top Gear .
“This means a lot to me because last year when I cycled the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain I cycled part of the way – by chance – with a large group of disabled Spanish kids, all in an amazing array of adapted bikes. They were so thrilled to get a chance to take part, and enjoyed the physical challenge and adventure so much, that it was a highlight of my trip.
“So when I heard United Response, the charity I work for, was one of the 8 organisations involved in the Supercycle I knew I had to sign up and take part again. The money raised will ALL go to ensuring we can keep doing this kind of work, giving people with disabilities or mental health needs opportunities and chances the rest of us take for granted.”
If you would like to sponsor Jaime and hear more about why he is taking part in Surrey Supercycle for United Response, please see his Virgin Money Giving Page.
Inspired to give it a go yourself? Then register for the Surrey Supercycle. The entry fee is only £5 (for spectators it’s free!), and every penny you raise will go directly to help United Response support people with disabilities to live fulfilling lives.
Looking for some tips to inspire your fundraising? Check out our series of short video tips on how to raise sponsorship!
Martyn Weeds, fundraising manager