With a heavy heart the decision has been made to postpone this event. Unfortunately; the logistics of route planning with pending COVID restrictions / lock downs, a rider injury and personal developments have meant the tough decision has been made to postpone this ride until 2021. We apologize to all our supporters and really hope that you can understand the challenges we are facing right now in these 'unprecedented times'. The decision as not been made 'lightly' and all those concerned are hugely dissapointed.
Roll on 2021...
Please note, every attempt will be made to complete the below challenge on the below dates.
However, this is heavily dependant on the ongoing Covid-19 developments. We are conscious of not putting ourselves, or anyone else at risk of the virus due to ourselves completing the challege... Simply put- if its not feasible come September, we will delay it to an appropriate time. The event will happen, hopefully as planned in September 2020!! We will be closely monitoring government advice.
CHARITY RIDE - 2020
GRAVESEND TO JOHN O' GROATS
(FORMERLY GRAVESEND TO MARSEILLE)
In September 2020 Team SWICK are cycling to John O'Groats (Scotland) from Gravesend (Kent, UK) in aid of the ellenor hospice. Scroll down to view the planned route.
Distance = 820 miles / 1,320 km
Climbing / Ascent = 39,200 ft / 12,000 meters
If that was not challenging enough- the team have an added time limit of 2 weeks, AND are doing it unsupported meaning they will carry all their own kit (tents, food, drink, tools, spare parts etc).
The riders will be finishing at Dunnet Head which is the most Northernly point of Scotland & UK.
Note: All Figures are approximate.
SWICK's own rider Craig has a very personal reason as to why he wishes to 'give back' to ellenor...
"My nan [Catherine Parker] was the most amazing loving lady & played such an important role in my fond childhood memories. Unfortunately, when I turned 16, she developed terminal lung cancer due to Asbestos.
As a result, she was cared for within the hospice and at home by ellenor and their amazing team of care providers. Aside from extensive medical care I distinctly remember how happy my nan was at receiving a hair cut in the hospice... this made her feel great and it was so amazing seeing the positive lift in her moral that such a simple act provided!
My nanny was an animal lover- by facilitating care at home, my nanny was able to spend her final days with her dog- which I know gave her immense happiness.
ellenor helps not only the individuals in need of care- but also the families of those individuals.
However sad I feel regarding the passing of my nan, I shall forever be grateful for the work ellenor did in making my nan the most comfortable she could have possibly been.
I am doing this challenge, in aid of my nan, as a way of saying 'thank you' to ellenor & hopefully paying them back via fundraising so ellenor can continue their incredible work..."
IMAGE: Catherine Parker in happier times at her 60th Birthday.
ellenor is a charity funded by the generosity of the local community.
They offer the best care and support to families facing terminal illness in Kent.
Care is provides for people of all ages and includes:
A few key statistics from ellenor's great work in a single year (2018-2019):
2,096 patients cared for in their own homes.
83% patients died in their preferred place of care.
0-104 age range of those cared for.
21,206 face to face adult patient visits.
4,624 new referrals.
88% admitted within 48 hours.
To find out more about ellenor, please visit their website, here: www.ellenor.org
Date + Time: Saturday 19th September 2020 @ 8:30 am
Where: ellenor, Coldharbour Rd, Northfleet, Gravesend, UK. DA11 7HQ
Date + Time: Friday 2nd October 2020
Where: Dunnet Head, Dunnet, Thurso KW14 8XS
• Hospice care at home for adults
• Hospice care at home for children
• Emotional & spiritual support
• Support for carers
• Outpatient and Day Services
• Sharing expertise – offering education and courses for school students.
THE CHALLENGE ROUTE:
Please see our challenge route below, split into each day (Click on each day for more information):
GET INVOLVED, SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!!
We will be eternally gateful for all the support you can provide Craig and Robbie during this Charity Challenge. Please follow the team on Social Media (where live updates will be posted!)... we also wish to encourage you to donate to our chosen charity via our Just Giving Page... we have set an ambitious target and are exceptionally grateful for all donations of any size!!