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Rugbytots cycle ride raises over £175,000

More than 40 men and women from Rugbytots completed the London to Paris bike ride yesterday evening, raising over £175,000 – an incredible amount for Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby.

We did it! At the finish in Paris.

Riders battled unseasonably hot 40 degree temperatures and fought fatigue to ride the 178 mile route, over four days, leaving London on Friday 28 June and arriving in Paris on Monday 1 July 2019.

The money raised from the ride will enable Wooden Spoon to fund life-changing projects across the UK and Ireland that support children and young people with disabilities and facing disadvantage.

Rugbytots has been one of Wooden Spoon’s biggest corporate supporters since they embarked on the charity partnership in 2014. Since then, Rugbytots have donated more than £250,000 which has funded an adventure playground at St Joseph’s School (Cranleigh, Surrey), playground at Kobi Nazrul School (London), adventure trail at Mayfield School (Brixham, Devon), and a woodland walk at Calthorpe Academy (Birmingham).

Sarah Webb, CEO of Wooden Spoon said: “We are overwhelmed by the support Rugbytots has given Wooden Spoon, both as part of this monumental bike ride and their five years generous support of our charity.

“The difference Rugbytots has made in helping us deliver our mission to positively transform the lives of children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland, through the power of rugby, has been truly inspirational.”

Max Webb, CEO of Rugbytots said: “Conditions were tough today for the Rugbytots London to Paris ride in aid of Wooden Spoon but that didn’t stop our riders, digging deep, pushing on and completing both the ride and achieving their fundraising targets with their heads held high. “It is an amazing course and has been an amazing journey,” he said. “Thank you to everyone who has taken part to help us change children’s lives.”

To find out more about Wooden Spoon and Rugbytots five year partnership visit woodenspoon.org.uk/rugbytots

Powering through on Day 1. 

Day 2 starts with a team photo.