Monte Carlo or bust for Paul and Elaine
The last time husband and wife cycling enthusiasts Paul and Elaine Grainger rode to Monte Carlo, they spent most of their time trying to get warm in sub-zero temperatures.
So in May, they tackled riding to the playground for the rich and famous during a warmer spell, and set off on a three week challenge – cycling to Monte Carlo after flying to Athens first.
With bikes in tow of course.
Elaine and Paul Grainger are the secretary and chairman of the Jane Scarth House Romsey Cancer Support Centre, a charity that provides emotional and practical support to anyone whose life is affected by cancer.
“We planned this as a holiday - for our own enjoyment,” says Paul, “but lots of people suggested that it was a good an opportunity to raise funds for Jane Scarth House, and we shouldn’t miss it.”
Gigantic cobble stones
From surviving the traffic in Italy to bumping over gigantic cobble stones ‘they were hell to cycle over’, Paul and Elaine’s blog covers every day of their adventure.
Highlights include getting caught up in thunderstorms in Corinth on day two, repairing snapped bicycle chains and worn out tyres, navigating the windmills in Matera and passing through the birth place of Rudolph Valentino. A particular high point for Paul.
By day 25 the Graingers had achieved their mission and were preparing for the journey home, a little saddle sore, but thrilled to have raised more than £1,200 for Romsey Cancer Support Centre (RSCS).
“When we started the RSCS last October we had absolutely nothing in the bank,” says Paul. “The ride was just one of many efforts by our helpers to raise the money needed for Jane Scarth House to continue its wonderful work.”
Could not be bettered
With so many fundraising platforms to choose from, Paul explains why they went with MyDonate:
“We looked at many other giving websites before selecting MyDonate for Jane Scarth House.
“We found that MyDonate made it easy to set up a fundraiser, easy to donate and was free except for a tiny charge for credit cards. The technical support provided is excellent and the reporting to both the charity and donors could not be bettered.
“Having the support of MyDonate makes it so much easier to set up and run a fundraising event.”