14 May 2015

Three hundred mile cycle challenge gives young people a sporting chance

Three hundred mile cycle challenge gives young people a sporting chance

This July, more than 100 cyclists will be taking up the Investec Ashes cycle challenge in a bid to raise over £300,000 for The Lord’s Taverners.

The four-day event will cover 300 miles, starting at Old Trafford in Manchester and finishing at the Oval in south London. The route will take the cyclists past all five of the venues used in the famous 2005 Ashes Series (Old Trafford, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, Lord’s and the Oval).

Improving lives through sport

Riders will be pedaling to raise money for The Lord’s Taverners - a UK charity that aims to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.

By engaging in cricket and other forms of sport and recreation children of all abilities are able to build their self-esteem, improve health, develop new skills and in the long term, open up new possibilities.

Funds raised from the sportive will also bolster the charity’s green minibus appeal.

How the minibus appeal makes a difference

The Lord’s Taverners’ iconic green minibuses are specially adapted for young people with learning and physical disabilities.

The minibuses provide special schools with the opportunity to take children out into the community and engage in sporting and recreational activities. By interacting with the local community, pupils are able to develop life skills and confidence, and take up new sports.

In 2014, 22 schools received one of these iconic green minibuses, giving over 1,800 disabled pupils the chance to enjoy new places and experiences. With each vehicle making an average of 760 trips a year the minibuses created 167,200 sporting chances in 2014.

It costs £53,000 to put a fully adapted minibus on the road.

“We could raise an extra £10,000 or more” through MyDonate

Tim Wells, corporate partnerships executive for Lord's Taverners, explains: “We chose BT MyDonate because there are no additional costs, unlike other fundraising platforms. Depending on the total amount raised, we could raise an extra £10,000 or more, just through using BT MyDonate.”

An additional £10,000 means the Lord’s Taverners could part-fund a minibus, provide sports wheelchairs for two wheelchair basketball clubs and create two sensory rooms for children with profound learning disabilities.

You can make a donation to the cycle challenge

Find out more about Lord’s Taverners and how they are giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.

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