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Rugbytots bike ride set to raise £150,000

MORE than 40 cyclists are taking on the London to Paris cycle challenge this summer and are aiming to raise £150,000 for Wooden Spoon. The cyclists will be tackling the 178-mile route from London to Paris from Thursday 28 June to Monday 1 July. The three-day cycle takes in some of the iconic sights of both cities as it winds through the countryside to and from the coast in England and France.

Rugbytots Founder, Max Webb commented: “We are really pleased to raise funds for the children’s charity of rugby. One of the compelling reasons for Rugbytots to partner Wooden Spoon is the fact that our donations and fundraising will be spent locally. This challenging ride is a great way to show our support.”

Rugbytots projects supported infographic

Rugbytots fundraising has supported over £260k worth of Wooden Spoon projects since 2015.

Rugbytots joined forces with Wooden Spoon in 2014 and during the following year a team of intrepid cyclists conquered a 310-mile odyssey as they pedalled their way from Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium to Twickenham in just four days. The 2015 World Cup Bike Ride boosted Rugbytots’ fundraising total for Wooden Spoon to over £100,000. In 2017, cyclists celebrated the 10th anniversary of the children’s rugby franchise Rugbytots and raised £150,000 for Wooden Spoon after completing a 323-mile route from Land’s End to Twickenham in just four days.

Seeing where the money is spent is an important part of the relationship. Max added; “We even get the chance to be involved in the process and have taken part in one day builds at projects funded by Rugbytots!”  Projects supported through Rugbytots fundraising have included: two horses for the RDA; an adventure playground at St Joseph’s School in Surrey; two specialist cots for a baby hospice; a playground at Kobi Nazrul School in London; an adventure trail at Mayfield School in Devon; a woodland walk at Calthorpe Academy in Birmingham; a state of the art sensory room and a hydrotherapy pool.

The £150k from the London to Paris cycle could fund:

  • Six specialist playgrounds for children with disabilities
  • Six specialist rooms in a children’s hospice
  • 50 wheelchairs enabling young people to take part in wheelchair rugby.

Sarah Webb, CEO Wooden Spoon said “We are delighted that Rugbytots have chosen to support Wooden Spoon and we are very excited to be part of the latest Rugbytots cycle challenge. The charity is very grateful for the over £260k raised so far through the partnership.”

To find out more and support the riders in their challenge visit Rugbytots London to Paris Cycle.