Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
On 3 August 2015, Geoffrey Roper, from Turn2us’ Finance Department, rode the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey. Like many riders on that hot summer day, he opted for the shorter (just 84 mile!) route. Geoffrey, 75, undaunted by being one of the oldest riders, was met at the finish by his daughter Ludy Roper who captured this lovely shot of him with his medal.
It was great to ride with 25,000 on the London-Surrey 100 on a beautiful day in high summer. The rivers Thames, Wey and Mole make a lovely landscape and it's surprising how beautiful and tranquil the A25 between Abinger Hammer and Dorking and the A24 between Dorking and Leatherhead are with no traffic''.
Simon Pearce, a company director from Wolverhampton, also cycled the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey, completing the full 100 mile distance in 7 hours 14 minutes.
I enjoyed myself but it was hard work! I chose to ride for Turn2us as I have suffered from a loss of financial stability, losing all my possessions and family for a time.
Having experienced what it is to have little, I just want to share what I have’’.
Simon is looking forward to cycling more for Turn2us and plans to do a couple more sportifs - and, for 2015, exceed 365 miles or a mile for every day of the year.
Still time to sponsor Geoffrey and Simon
We are especially proud of both our cyclists who not only completed the Pru 100, but also took part in Nightrider in June as part of their preparation.
London Marathon 2015
On 26 April, Hope Plumb, a musician and mother of 3 toddlers from Coleshill in Warwickshire, was proudly watched by husband David as she completed her first London Marathon. After battling bronchitis in the run up to the event, Hope found it tough at times, and at others, very emotional, especially when catching up with friends and family:
Despite everything... I LOVED it and am desperate to do it again in a better time next year!’’
Hope is continuing to support Turn2us and plans to organise a concert to raise even more funds for our work.
Peter from Oxted, Surrey, ran the London Marathon this year to mark what for him is a milestone year. He was proudly watched by wife and children as he completed in a brilliant time of 3 hours 54 minutes and 58 seconds!
Peter said afterwards:
Exhausted probably sums up how I'm feeling, but coupled with that a warm glow of satisfaction being able to look back on a real epic weekend.
London to Brighton Cycle
Roland, Vyona, Kathie and Simon
A big well done to Roland, Vyona, Kathie and Simon for cycling a full 54 miles to support Turn2us. We’ve heard whisperings that more than one of our cyclists had to give their bike ‘a little push’ up the steep Ditchling Beacon. However, seeing as the “Green Monster” is near the end of the journey and most people had become a kind of human jelly by then, we are simply massively impressed that they all reached the finish!
Congratulations to you all - we hope your arms and legs make a swift recovery!
Helen and Lucy raised over £1,300 in a tandem skydive. Despite Lucy’s terror of heights, the pair had a wonderful time, followed by a picnic with a crowd of friends and colleagues who came to support them.
Helen said of her leap of faith: “It was a once in a lifetime experience, absolutely amazing, I’d do it again tomorrow!”
Well done for your magnificent bravery Helen and Lucy!
Gilly, Adam, Natasha, Sarah and Charly
Congratulations to Gilly, Adam, Natasha, Sarah and Charly who successfully completed the BUPA 10K, raising a whopping amount to help more people in financial need.
Our running heroes started in The Mall and ran through much of the central route of the London Marathon.
Gilly said afterwards:
I’ve been wanting to run a 10km for a while and I knew I’d be raising money for a great cause. I wanted to complete it in under an hour so I was really happy to find out that I just hit my target at 59 minutes.
I think having Turn2us supporters cheering me on at the side-lines really spurred me on.
We are so impressed - all our runners did a terrific job!
Clay Pigeon Shoot and a lobster lunch!
We are amazed by the work of our Northumberland County Committee members who organised last year’s Clay Pigeon Shoot and Lobster Lunch event at Cheeseburn Grange, raising over £19,000!
Hats off to this dedicated group who know how to fundraise in style!