CLIC Sargent
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. For more information, visit CLIC Sargent Registered charity number 1107328 and SC039857
Fara Foundation
FARA Foundation is a registered charity both in the U.K. and Romania. Since 1991, when the appalling conditions of Romania's state orphanages first came to the attention of the world media, we have worked tirelessly with some of the thousands of orphaned and abandoned children who had been locked away in them. - We care for abandoned children in family style homes - We provide education for children with special needs - We assist families in extreme poverty and marginalised Roma children - We offer training and rehabilitation to young adults with learning difficulties FARA's main aims are to ensure that children and young people grow up feeling safe, happy and loved, and to furnish them with skills which will enable them to become integrated, valued members of their society. We are small, we are efficent and we don't receive as many donations as the big charities - over 90% of all funds raised in the U.K. go directly to our projects in Romania.
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Essex to Asia Charity Cycle 2010

James Keable, Linton Nightingale

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This summer, James Keable and Linton Nightingale need your help in achieving something special, for on the 30th June 2010 the two of us are planning to cycle for charity from our homes in Essex to the continent of Asia. The trip will be a truly amazing experience for both of us and we hope to make the trip even more amazing by raising £5,000 for CLIC Sargent and FARA, both of which are wonderful charities. CLIC Sargent are our main charity and they aim to ease the burden of childhood cancer on children, young people and their families ( The other charity, FARA, who will be receiving 20% of all the money we raise, have worked with orphaned and abandoned children in Romania since 1991, when the deplorable conditions of Romania’s state orphanages were first revealed. The charity currently funds two vital refuges for children in Romania, one of which we plan to visit en route (

The trip itself will begin by the two of us cycling from Braintree to Harwich (2 days after Glastonbury - oh dear), catching the night ferry to The Hook of Holland. From there on in we will be relying on pedal power alone heading south-east from the Dutch coast towards Germany. Here we will continue in a south easterly direction crossing the Czech border, heading towards Vienna (Austria) and Bratislava (Slovakia), where we will meet the River Danube and follow this into Hungary and its capital Budapest. Bearing east out of Hungary and onto the Transylvanian plains of Romania we will climb over the mighty Carpathian Mountains before rejoining the Danube close to where it enters the Black Sea. On reaching the coast we will cycle south in the direction of Bulgaria and our final resting place in Istanbul, where we’ll cross continents from Europe into Asia. It is though going to be a race against time as we have a flight on September 9th booked for our return. To make this we need to be averaging around 400-500 kilometres a week and given the terrain we will face at certain points of our journey this will be a real challenge.

We do feel though that we are both up to this immense challenge (just) and feel very lucky to be doing something so adventurous and exhilarating. However we have a lot of hard work ahead of us before the trip even begins to push our fundraising total up towards our ambitious £5,000 target. To achieve this we have set out a course of action to gain awareness of our trip and promote fundraising, including the following: 

- Gaining local newspaper and television coverage
- Strategically placed fundraising buckets and posters across the county
- Support and sponsorship from local businesses
- Personal donations from friends, family, colleagues and associates (anyone who wants to donate)
- Creating business style cards that we can give to people on our journey so that the money continues to roll in throughout the trip
- Updating our blog with stories, photos and videos so you can see how we’re getting on and continue to donate
- We will also be receiving invaluable fundraising support from both charities and JD Wetherspoons

Obviously we need as much help as we can in achieving our goals so please be as generous as you can afford to be and help us hit our target as soon as possible!
Also, if anyone wants to hold any fundraising events or has any fundraising ideas for us then we would be eternally grateful and your efforts will not go unrecognised.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and keep an eye on our blog page (coming soon) and our Facebook group (Essex to Istanbul Charity Cycle 2010) for regular updates from the road.


Linton and James


We'd like to thanks the following for their help with fundraising and support:

JD Wetherspoons (
FM Litho (
Missing Link Cycles (

Mountain Warehouse (


Recent donors

30.12.10 Congratulations guys

23.11.10 Well done guys, an inspirational effort... truly heroic!!

14.11.10 With thanks to Jill, Edna, Sandy, Karen, Michal, Emma, Anne, Chris, Lorraine, Annabel, Mandy and Andy.... Cheers guys! x

01.11.10 Hi James n Linton, well done gents ...

31.10.10 Well done boys. A tremendous achievement, we are all very proud of you.

30.10.10 Well done guys. Sorry I havnt done this sooner, im terrible! You have both done brilliantly and hope your proud of what you've achieved!! Hope this helps achieve the goal and sorry I cant donate anynmore. Well done again xx

26.10.10 Excellent work guys!

25.10.10 Sorry I am so late i sponsoring boys! Hope you reach the target x x x

24.10.10 Well done guys better late than never, sorry for the delay!!! x

23.10.10 Well done lads! Chris

23.10.10 Well done boys. (also thanks to Christine Barker and Jenny)

15.10.10 Well done guys. xxxx

10.10.10 Well done Linton and Jim on an amazing achievement. Linton - I'm really proud of you little bro!

30.09.10 We are pleased to support one of our ex pupils in his charitable efforts for children and adults not as fortunate as ourselves. Well done!

30.09.10 Many thanks to everyone who supported our recent Essex to Asia Quiz Evening. It was great fun and good to see you all again after our journey. Thanks again.

30.09.10 Well done - what a fantastic achievement - love Gill

30.09.10 Congratulations to you both on your achievement. love Jean

30.09.10 Great to meet you in Istanbul guys. Here's to a few beers in London sometime.

28.09.10 Congratulations guys. We told many people about you trip - a great conversation starter! x

28.09.10 Well done the two of you - have you finished the web site? Fantastic to have James and Erin as overnight guests.

26.09.10 Well done boys...... Moosey x

24.09.10 Forgot to do this earlier - congrats on finishing (and great idea for a trip!)

21.09.10 Well done James - lots of love from Grandma. XX

20.09.10 Congratulations on your achievement - Kitty and Peter North

20.09.10 Well done guys - love from Kate Parsons, and Vicki and Ben Farrell


Running total

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Last donor:
Dave Doleman
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