Gruelling cross-channel cycle ride for charity

Gruelling cross-channel cycle ride for charity

A Milton Keynes man is to lead a team of 20 people in a cross-channel expedition to raise money for charity this weekend.  

Stuart Silk, a senior manager for McDonald’s, will be joined by colleagues from restaurants across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire for an ambitious three-day cycle ride from Oxford to Leiden in Holland that starts on Saturday (11 July).

The team is raising money for 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 will embark on their ambitious adventure on Saturday when they set off from Ronald McDonald House Oxford. Their route will cover a distance of more than 300 miles and include stops in Hertfordshire and Essex and a cross channel ferry to the Hook of Holland – before a final burst of pedal power takes them to the Ronald McDonald House in Leiden on Tuesday (14 July).

Stuart says: “We chose Leiden as our destination as it’s twinned with Oxford. We’ve set ourselves quite a challenge and expect to be nursing sore feet for some time.  Knowing that we are raising money for a good cause will make it all worthwhile. Despite the challenge that lies ahead we are looking forward to saddling up and getting going.”

Stuart and his team have a JustGiving page for donations at

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


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Alex Goldup, Third Sector PR
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Notes to Editors

1. If you would like to speak to Stuart, or need anything else, please contact Alex Goldup using the details above. 

2. 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.

3. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2014 they helped support over 6,000 families with children in hospital.

4. 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.

5. The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years. 

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