On Sunday 31 July, Ben Paul will be one of thousands of cyclists taking to the road for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. But Ben isn’t simply taking on an epic cycling challenge, he is doing it to raise money for White Lodge Centre.
RideLondon brings together numerous different types of cycling for one big festival; with events from free cycles to fold-out-bike racing with everyone taking part from elite cyclists to families. Ben will be taking part in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 which is the 100 mile race on the Sunday.
Ben and fellow supporters decided RideLondon would be the best challenge to take on in order to fundraise for their chosen charity, White Lodge, to help support their Campaign Team James.
The White Lodge Centre is a charity which supports disabled children, young adults and adults, their families and carers in Surrey and throughout the surrounding areas. They specialise in care for those with a diverse range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy and other similar conditions. It costs over £2.5 million a year to run the White Lodge Centre which is not fully met by statutory sources, so they rely on voluntary donations to maintain the vital services they provide to numerous children, including Ben’s son James. Ben tells us
“James has just turned 4 and is making fantastic progress towards achieving many important milestones and overcoming challenges – not least because of the fantastic services, support and therapy that he receives from White Lodge Centre, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, and speech and language therapy. Thanks to White Lodge, James will be able to achieve one of my greatest wishes in that he will be able to walk, unaided, into his first day at mainstream school in September.”
Ben and his team have all been training separately until last weekend when they got together as a team and cycled 75 miles of the route including the Surrey Hills! He tells us “We are a mixture of abilities and experience, but will work together as a team to make sure that all of us get around and finish as that one team.”
Ben tells us that finishing as one team, knowing that we have raised as much money for an incredible cause, is what will keep him going round that 100 mile course.