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Fundraising #Ridefor75

Written by: Rafal Kukla | Published on: February 9, 2023 | Edited on: November 30, 2023
Surrey Cycling Club Joins Forces with Other Local Cycling Clubs to Raise Funds for Kingston Hospital.
75 Year Anniversary for NHS
75 Year Anniversary for NHS
The National Health Service (NHS) is one of the most important institutions in the UK and it's turning 75 years old this year. To mark this special occasion and to show their support for the staff at Kingston Hospital, cycling clubs from Kingston have joined forces to raise money for the Kingston Hospital Charity. One of the participating clubs is Surrey Cycling Club, and we are proud to be a part of this event.


To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NHS, cyclists in Kingston are taking on the Ride for 75 challenge, all to raise money for Kingston Hospital Charity. The goal is to raise £35,000 for a new, secure bike storage facility for hospital staff who rely on cycling to get to work.

With the support of local cycling clubs, this event is going to be a blast!

Rafal Kukla, Founder of Surrey Cycling Club says:
"We're excited to assist and express our gratitude. We take great pride in supporting Kingston Hospital and the fantastic efforts of its dedicated staff. Therefore we are up for a challenge!"

The Challange

The Ride for 75 challenge, which starts on 25th February, is an opportunity for cyclists to come together and raise money for a good cause. The aim of the challenge is to raise £35,000 for a new secure bike storage facility for the hospital staff. Many of the staff at Kingston Hospital rely on cycling to get to work, but the current bike storage facility is not secure, leading to staff bikes being stolen on a regular basis. The new secure bike storage unit will have 78 bays and will be available 24 hours a day for staff on shift work.
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Volunteers portrait Kingston Hospital Charity
Tracey Shaw, Fundraising Manager at Kingston Hospital Charity, says:
“We’re incredibly grateful to Kingston Wheelers and the cycling community for organising this event to celebrate our NHS milestone birthday. A safe and secure bike unit will make a huge difference to our staff, many of whom are exhausted as they cope with huge patient-backlogs. Projects like this could not happen without the support of our community so a heartfelt thanks to everyone involved and supporting the event.”
Surrey Cycling Club members will be riding on Saturday 25th of February to Nettlebed Chilterns - The Cheese Shed. The distance from Weybridge to Nettlebed Chilterns and back is 125KM / 77 Miles! Which is the perfect distance to complete this challenge. Our members will have some challenging hills to go through. Good long ride up and over the Chilterns via Marlow / Fingest and the tricky climb through the affectionately named "Rat Hole" at Turville.

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All riders are encouraged to wear the Sigma Sport kit and have RIDEFOR75 as part of their on-screen name. Additionally, cyclists are being encouraged to create their own version of the challenge, whether that’s riding 75 miles for the first time or lapping Richmond Park on a Boris bike.

Surrey Cycling Club is proud to be a part of the Ride for 75 challenge and we are encouraging all of our members to get involved. Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or just starting out, there is a place for you in this challenge. We believe that cycling is not just a sport, but a way to bring people together and make a difference in our community.

We are also grateful for the support of our partners, Balfe's Bikes and Sigma Sports, who have generously provided their support for this event. By working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of the staff at Kingston Hospital.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so on our Fundraising Just giving page. Every little bit helps and we are grateful for your support.

Please Donate

Every little bit helps and it's truly amazing how much of an impact a small donation can have. By donating, even just a small amount, you are making a direct impact on the lives of hospital staff in Kingston who rely on cycling to get to work. The current bike storage facility is not secure, which has resulted in staff bikes being stolen on a regular basis. This new secure unit will not only provide a safe place for hospital staff to park their bikes, but it will also bring peace of mind knowing their mode of transportation is protected.

The goal of the Ride for 75 challenge is to raise £35,000 for a new secure bike storage facility, which will include 78 bays for bike parking, available 24 hours a day for hospital staff who work various shifts. This is a truly remarkable goal, but it cannot be achieved without the support of the community.

Donating to Kingston Hospital Charity is easy, and you can do so through our Fundraising page which you can click on the button below. Every pound helps, and every donation, no matter how small, will make a difference. So please, if you have the means, consider making a donation to this worthy cause. You'll be helping to make a positive impact on the lives of hospital staff and supporting a great cause at the same time.

Surrey Cycling Club is proud to be joining forces with other local cycling clubs to participate in this fundraising event, and we hope to see you all there in spirit, supporting us in our efforts. Thank you for your generosity and for supporting the Ride for 75 challenge.

Author Rafal Kukla
🚴‍♂️ Pedaling the path of passion, I'm the founder and chief cycling enthusiast at Surrey Cycling Club. When I'm not steering the wheel of our vibrant community, you'll find me navigating the world of tech, offering bespoke Managed IT Services to the Apple users and WordPress aficionados. Balancing work and wheels with family fun makes my life a thrilling ride! Let's cycle together, shall we? 😊

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