Giving something back

Before I started this life changing journey I was already thinking about helping others. I planned to take part in the London to Brighton bike ride in 2011 and raise money for the British Heart Foundation. My Dad died from heart disease at the age of 55 so it made perfect sense that I could do something to help others in a similar situation.

I was fortunate enough to be able to take part in the London to Brighton bike ride a year early and I managed to raise £300 for the BHF. Completing gave me such an amazing feeling. This new found enthusiasm made me want to take part in more rides and raise more money for the BHF. I took part in the inaugural London to Hastings bike ride and raised another £100 for the BHF.

For 2011 I'm taking part in at least three rides for the BHF. As well as taking part in the London to Brighton and the London to Hastings again, I'll also be riding the inaugural Goodwood cycle ride.

My target for fundraising is £1 a day. So that's £365 for the year. A big task in these bleak financial times but I'm confident I can do it.

If you'd like to donate, even if it's only a couple of quid, please visit Thank you.

Some may see this post as a fairly selfish one as I'm on the scrounge for your money and, I suppose you'd be right. However, I'd like to highlight some other worthy causes.

Last week I bought a bike for someone. Who I bought it for, I've no idea. I do know however, that it will be for someone whose life it will probably make a massive difference to. The Re~Cycle project wants to send 420 bikes to Namibia. They collect unwanted and donated bikes from all over the UK and restore them to working order. They ship them to the Bicycle Empowerment Network in Namibia, where they help build local business, enable kids to get to school, and allow HIV / AIDS medicine to be delivered. It costs £6.50 to ship each bike. £6.50!

I have already donated and paid for a bike as it seemed stupid not to support this worthy cause for such a small amount of money. If you'd like to help send a bike to Namibia and are UK taxpayer, it only costs £5.07 with gift aid.

One cause that everyone is well aware of at the moment is the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. One of my fellow bloggers, Emma Rush, is running the Wilmslow Half Marathon on 27th March to raise money for the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. This project will disburse funds to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. GlobalGiving is working with International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and other organizations on the ground.

Emma has been instrumental in helping me keep focused for the last 6 months and I'd like to take this opportunity in publicly thanking her for doing so. If you'd like to donate, please visit

Thank you for reading.

1 comment:

  1. Hey thanks Toby, you've been an inspiration to us. We saw that at least one of us managed to lose 35 lbs. Brilliant work.

    Thanks for mentioning my run :)


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