RideLondon fundraising hero: Martin cycling for Tommy’s

martin and amelia
On Sunday 31 July, Martin Phillips will be one of thousands of cyclists taking to the road for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. But Martin isn’t simply hoping to complete the 100 mile challenge, he is doing it for the charity Tommy’s.

Why RideLondon?

Martin decided to take on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 after moving to the Surrey Hills a few years ago and being inspired by the cyclists whizzing past the end of his road during last year’s race. A truly unique challenge, RideLondon weekend – a festival of cycling – sees amateur cyclists riding alongside professionals round a 100 mile course for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 as well as a 46 mile version and a family friendly free-cycle, amongst other events.

Why Tommy’s?

The decision to fundraise for the charity Tommy’s was a personal one, after experiencing what Martin describes as the “amazing support and care” he and his family were shown by the charity after an extremely traumatic time. His daughter Amelia was born at 29 weeks, weighing two pounds and six ounces, nine weeks after Amelia’s twin sister was born who, sadly, lost her life. Martin says

“At the time I vowed to do an event to support Tommy’s and ten years on, am taking part in the 100 mile ride for them. Amelia will be in my thoughts for most of the ride and she will be there on the day supporting me, along with my wife and other two children.”

Martin has so far managed to raise more than £6,100 including gift aid, a figure which he expects to rise over the coming weeks. He points out that the hills in the area might be beautiful to look at but are “much less fun, trying to get up them on a bike made for Bradley Wiggins and not a middle aged Headhunter“. However he adds that it will all be worth it once he completes the race and comes home to “a barbecue and a couple of glasses of well deserved wine“.

How you can help

You can support the charity Tommy’s and Martin’s fundraising efforts by donating to his Virgin Money Giving page.

2 Responses to “RideLondon fundraising hero: Martin cycling for Tommy’s”

  1. 1 Abbie Murphy July 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm


    Just reading this latest blog post – we have some riders taking part for us this year who I know would love to share their stories in this way. How do we put someone forward to be on the blog please?


  2. 2 Amy (Virgin Money Giving) July 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Abbie,
    Thanks for getting in touch! We do have lots of requests for this type of support and we aim to do as many as possible! You can email stories to mystory@virginmoneygiving.com and we’ll be in touch if we can feature!
    Virgin Money Giving

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