If you are a regular cyclist, come and join us over the August Bank Holiday and help raise vital funds to support The Connection’s work with homeless people.
Since 2008, a group of cyclists have spent the August Bank Holiday following the route of the Queen Eleanor Crosses from Harby, near Lincoln to Charing Cross and Westminster Abbey in London. This year, the 200-mile ride begins at Harby on Friday morning, 28 August, and finishes at Westminster Abbey on Monday afternoon, 31 August. We end with a celebration at The Connection, off Trafalgar Square. Overnight stops are in church halls at Grantham, Geddington and Dunstable.
The main purpose of the Ride is to raise funds for the Friends of the Connection, which is a charity committed to raising at least £250,000 each year to support the work of The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London’s busiest homeless centre. The Connection works with over 4,000 homeless and vulnerable people in central London every year, seeking to help them to move away from the streets and into a more settled life. Last year we raised £16,000. This year our target is £20,000. You can find out more about the work of The Connection at www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk
If you would like further information, and want to express provisional interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Charles Woodd on 07962 213494. Alternatively, you can find out more about the Ride at the www.queeneleanorcycleride.org website.
The registration fee for the event is £80 if you register on or before 30 June, and £95 thereafter. You can also join us for a day or for a day and overnight, for which fees are listed below. This covers food, accommodation (in church and village halls), vehicles, insurance and first aid and enables every penny of sponsorship money raised to go directly to support the work of The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields. We do not set a minimum sponsorship amount, but in recent years the average amount raised per cyclist has been in the region of £1,000. Spaces for the event will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and are limited to 30 people.
The minimum age for the event is 18, but fundraisers aged 16-17 may cycle if accompanied by a responsible adult.
If you would like to register, please complete the form below.