A team of 20 people pushed their pedal power to the limit this week by completing a charity cycle ride from Oxford to its twin city of Leiden in Holland.
Stuart Silk, a senior McDonald’s manager, and colleagues from restaurants across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire overcame tyre punctures and occasional tumbles to complete the 300 mile, three day adventure.
The team got on their bikes in aid of Ronald McDonald House Oxford – an 18 bedroom ‘home away from home’ where families who have children being treated at John Radcliffe Hospital can stay free of charge and for as long as they need.
The eager cyclists reached their destination of Ronald McDonald House Leiden in Holland on Tuesday (14 July) – approximately 78 hours after setting off from Ronald McDonald House Oxford. Their route included stops in Hertfordshire and Essex and a cross-channel ferry to the Hook of Holland.
Stuart and his fellow intrepid cyclists have so far raised £17,500 for Ronald McDonald House Oxford. They have a JustGiving page for donations at www.justgiving.com/rmhoxford-clare.
Stuart says: “Despite a few scratches, bruises and plenty of tired feet we’re all really pleased with how well it went. We’ve had a huge amount of support from friends and family and are pleased to have been able to raise so much money for such a worthwhile cause.“
Ronald McDonald House Oxford is run by an independent charity – Ronald McDonald House Charities. The charity provides free accommodation in or near hospitals and has operated in the UK for over 25 years.
To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Oxford visit www.rmhc.org.uk/oxford
For further information please contact:
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Notes to Editors
1. Picture credit: Ann Marie Anilmis
2. If you would like to speak to Stuart, or need anything else, please contact Alex Goldup using the details above.
3. Ronald McDonald House Oxford is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
4. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2014 they helped support over 6,000 families with children in hospital.
5. Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.
6. The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.