Hayling Islander article – January 2014

I was pleased to hear some great news recently from regular rider Paul Clutterbuck. In 2013 Emsworth resident and retired IBM executive Paul raised £3,323 for his chosen charity Operation Smile. After first entering the Ride in 2005 (despite only having one lung!) he has raised nearly £25,000 over 7 rides – a phenomenal achievement. In the process he has become Operation Smiles s second biggest individual fund raiser in the UK. Paul’s story is typical; he was not a regular cyclist but entered the ride to raise money for a particular cause. But then he got hooked and comes back each year for another week of this tough, achievable but above all fun challenge. Have you been considering entering the Paris to Hayling his this year? Could you be the next Paul? If so, visit our web site and let us know!

In addition to the Paris to Hayling we are now taking entries for the ever popular Channel To Channel. Now in its 15th Year this looks set once gain to provide attractive to both those who cannot spare the time for a longer ride and for those who welcome the two days of practice prior to our July event.

As previously reported, The Hayling cycle Ride will again support HOPEHIV’s London to Hayling ride. Last year over £22,000 was raised from this one day event and once again some of the money was appropriately used to equip local project workers with bikes! In Malawi as I have seen at first hand that there is a chronic shortage of local transport and this is hampered by constant fuel shortages due to lack of foreign exchange with which to pay for imports. In these circumstances these bikes are truly live savers! Visit the charities web site for more details of this worthwhile ride (www.hopehiv.org).

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