Our 2017 sponsored bike ride takes place from Saturday 27 May to Wednesday 31 May, over spring bank holiday and, for most schools, the half-term break. We’re calling this ride ‘Something old, something new‘: on our very first Jessie’s Fund ride, back in 2007, we set off from York, cycled to Hull, and caught the ferry. This year we will be doing the same (‘something old’), but instead of sailing to Rotterdam, we’ll head for Zeebrugge overnight and then cycle to the lovely city of Ghent to spend the second night. From there we’ll ride up into southern Holland, staying in Bergen op Zoom on the third night (‘something new’). Day four will see us travelling to Rotterdam to catch the overnight ferry back to Hull, and on 31 May we’ll cycle back to York, arriving tired but happy, having made lots of new friends, and knowing that we’ve raised valuable sponsorship for Jessie’s Fund.
We’ll average 60 – 65 miles a day, at a steady pace – it isn’t a race, and there’s time to look around and enjoy the scenery. There’s no need to be laden down by luggage – our support vehicle will transport your bag, and our great ride guides will be there to encourage you and sort out any punctures etc. We keep the numbers low (about 20), and riders pay their own expenses (costs are kept to a minimum) so that all sponsorship money raised enables Jessie’s Fund to help more children.
The cost is £350, which covers the ferry, meals on the ferry, accommodation, breakfasts, one evening meal in Holland, and support. The only additional cost will be one evening meal in Ghent and a modest amount for lunches, which will be brought to us by the support driver. We ask for a deposit of £100 when registering for the ride. Unlike most charity rides, we don’t specify a minimum level of sponsorship – instead, we trust you to raise as much as you can to support our work with children. We appreciate that people’s circumstances differ – some may have to work hard to raise £300 whilst others are in a situation where they can raise a four figure sum.
If you would like to take part, please fill in the form below – you will be directed to Paypal to pay your deposit when you click the ‘Send’ button. Closing date is 5th April. If you’d like to chat to us before you book, we’d love to hear from you. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page.