Former rugby player Peter Glanville leads Pied Piper bike ride from Land's End to John O'Groats
Peter Glanville, a former Rugby Union player and captain of Gloucester, led a group of 17former team mates and friends on a merry bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats this September.
Setting off on the 6th, Peter and his followers tackled the 972-mile route over nine days to raise precious funds for Pied Piper – a charity transforming the lives of sick and disabled children in Gloucestershire.
Livening up hospitals for sick children
Thanks to fundraisers like Peter the charity is able to fund medical and practical equipment that enhances care and treatment for children in hospital throughout Gloucestershire.
For example, this year the charity has been able to donate eight trolley beds and fund redecoration for a day surgery unit, liven up a children’s A&E waiting area and provide a special ‘Hearts of Forest’ minibus for patient use.
Easy to use
Peter’s fundraising appeal has raised just over £2,000 – every penny of which will go to supporting the Pied Piper appeal.
Peter adds: “MyDonate was recommended as a new option that gives 100 per cent of funds to charity. I’ve also found that from a fundraising point of view, it’s easy to use, manage and quick to set up, which is helpful for people like myself who have families and full time jobs.”
Nick Broady, chairman at Pied Piper, emphasised how grateful they are for the huge contribution Peter is making: “With this amount of money we can do a lot to improve the lives of the sick children in hospital. We are currently looking to purchase a hoist system in some of the rooms and this will go a long way towards this.”
So what would an extra 2-5% in additional money mean to Pied Piper?
MyDonate doesn’t charge a penny in commission. As a result, charities like Pied Piper gain an extra 2%-5% in funds.
It may be a small sum but it makes a big difference to Pied Piper. According to the charity, the extra money would buy a dehumidifier which would help comfort a child with a severe chest problem in hospital. It would also fund several wireless earphones for the TV on the day surgery ward – providing much-needed entertainment and distraction from the realities of a hospital ward stay.