Joining over 120 cyclists they set out on a 250 miles adventure
The Tour de France can today eat its heart out as 120 Londoners will be burning some serious rubber in a cycle ride which hopes to raise around £100,000 for a Surrey based charity.
Damon with fellow cyclists Nick & Jason
The route, starting in Roehampton, will cover 250 miles, with the cyclists crossing to France on the second day. Leading the cyclists on this noble voyage, otherwise known as the ‘halow250,’ will be Damon Hill OBE, former Formula One World Champion, who will be trading his leathers for Lycra in support of the cause.
Also joining him will be staff from a number of local businesses, including Wandsworth-based pub company Young’s and construction recruitment firm GM Recruitment, as well as a peloton of friends.
The Surrey based charity, halow project, of which Damon Hill is Patron and co-founder, is dedicated to creating opportunities and supporting young people aged 16-35 with a learning disability so that they are able to live independent, meaningful, fulfilled lives and become more involved in their local community.
Setting off on the 1st May, the team will enjoy a hearty breakfast at Young’s King’s Head pub on Roehampton High Street before heading south towards Portsmouth for a Welcome Party on HMS Warrior before taking the ferry to St Malo, France to continue their journey. The cyclists will then return to the UK on the 3rd May, finishing the charity cycle at the Guildford Rugby Club in Surrey.
Commenting on the trip, Damon Hill said: “The halow250 is an incredible event that I love being a part of; not only because it is an exciting cycle challenge and the team spirit across the cyclists is amazing, but most importantly, it is a great opportunity to help those who truly deserve it. As Patron and co founder of the halow project, I would like to say thank you to all of those who are taking part today and are providing their support to a charity which goes such a long way in giving so much to the truly wonderful young people we support at halow.”
Halow’s event fundraiser Hannah Adair commented: “Events like this are fantastic and really do make a world of a difference to the young people that halow support. A big thank you to all of the cyclists taking part, our sponsors and everyone involved who continues to make this event so successful we could not do it with out you.
To show your support for the event, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/halo
May 1, 2015