Patron of halow project Damon Hill was leading the pack of 100+ cyclists as they took on the challenge of riding 250 miles to raise vital funds to keep our services going to make sure young people have the support and care they need to live life to the full.
Riders arrived from 7.30am and after registration with the support crew were fueled by a hearty breakfast provided by headline sponsor Youngs by Sam and the team at The Kings Head, Roehampton.
Damon set a leisurely pace to begin with for all, leading several company teams, parents of young people and a few young people themselves on the Day 1 ride. The weather was outstanding for the ride today and everyone enjoyed the update route set by George and Mark of GM Recruitment.
Young people Harri and Will joined the starting line up with Nick Ivil on the tandem with Nigel too. Young people of halow project have been training to cycle and take part in various ways in this years halow250. This included young people joining the first leg today and a static ride at Waitrose Guildford where the general public could see and talk to young people who are trying to cycle 250 miles oer the weekend there. Harri and Will both have benefited from halow Social Activities and the Building Futures programme design to build confidence and life skills towards more independence.
Thanks to the support crew volunteers riders were furnished with an array of snacks and refreshments throughout the day arriving at the Portsmouth stop from 3pm onwards.
At 5pm the halow250 riders were welcomed to the Orchard Pig drinks reception at the Peter Ashley Activity Centre to toast their first day’s cycling. After this it was time to head towards the ferry where they were able to settle down for the night, ready to face the challenges of cycling in France, including riding on the other side of the road!
The riders have a target of £70,000 to raise! They have raised an incredible amount of money so far! It’s not too late to donate to help them achieve the target of £70,000 – click the link https://goo.gl/SR3Be7
Please support our halow250 riders and share our campaign page on Facebook and Twitter. Here is how your money will support the halow project:
£25.00 - 10p per mile or pay for an advice session
· £50.00 - 20p per mile or cover a 1-2-1 halow buddy session
· £250.00 - £1 per mile or pay for a group day out
· £500.00 - £2 per mile or pay for a group weekend away
Everything we do creates opportunities for young people with a learning disability in Surrey and breaks down social barriers.
Thank you for your support!