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Team Duchy 10 + Alfie's fundraising page

10 team members

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p][b][img][/img][img][/img][/b][/p][p][b][i][u]20/08/2018[/u][/i][/b][/p][p][i]Thanks to recent donors and the last cheques received from Midas Construction and Wainhomes we have now exceeded the sponsorship target. A huge thank you to all who supported us on the journey.[/i][/p][p][i][u]25.07.2018[/u] [/i]Tantalisingly close now ![/p][p][i][u]24.07.2018[/u][/i][b] Just £ 342.75 off the £10K target without gift aid. Thanks to all for continuing to donate whilst the riders continue to recuperate !!![/b][/p][p][b]Update[/b][/p][p][b]Well What a weekend that was![/b][/p][p]Well ten members of Duchy Team 10+Alfie and our support drivers where at the start line and 10 members crossed the finish. What went on in between is all a bit of a blur![/p][p]The picture below shows a surprisingly fresh looking team enjoying their second night at the Holiday Inn in Taunton having riden over Bodmin moor on the first day and Exmoor on the second.[/p][p]There are other pictures showing off more of the tans collected on route but we dont want to offend anyone by showing them here.[/p][p]The heat and the hills were brutal on all three days. We take our hats off to all those team members who completed the whole 205 miles only stopping for water, lunch, dinner, sleep and breakfast.[/p][p]It's safe to say the experience has been something that will live in the memory for years to come. For some it has been life changing and many personal goals were set by individuals and achieved. [/p][p]Many new friendships were forged along the way with the other 75 riders and we were all overwelmed by the support of CHSW and Arrowhead Management, the event organisers, who put up and took down 850 direction marker signs on route to make sure no one got lost, except in their own thoughts and internal battles.[/p][p]For Keith personally the highlight was riding with his son, Alfie's father, for an 8 mile ride to the base of Cheddar Gorge. Dont ask what happened after that![/p][p]In all a full on long weekend of friendship and fellowship, many calories burnt and a real sense of achievement not least because the [b]£ 10,000[/b] sponsorship target has been achieved. [b][u]That said dont stop donating as it would be great if the gift aid became a bonus on top of the £10,000 target figure[/u][/b][/p][p]It would never have happened without the dedication of the Team riders and particularly Christine Walsh who was our Sponsorship Champion. Over the months I have often expected to see her dragging someone by the ear to the cashpoint on QMS extracting as much as she could out of them. It is down to her dogged determination that the sponsorship target was met so a big thank you from the rest of the team to Christine for her efforts. [/p][p]Finally, If proof is needed that we all made it to Charlton Farm then the Team finishing line photo can be viewed below. .............................................[/p][p][b]Team Duchy 10 + Alfie[/b][/p][p][b]The name says it all…. Team Duchy 10 plus Alfie – which took us all longer to decide on than it did to take part in the event![/b][/p][p]The reason for this ‘moment of madness’ by all of us who have agreed to take part in a 205 mile Bike Ride is easy to explain.[/p][p][b]Alfie Ezra Sanders [/b]who, whilst only with us for a short time in this life, made such an impact on us all.[b] [/b][/p][p]Against all odds, Alfie’s family were blessed with his arrival on 15th September 2014.[/p][p]From this day, his Mum and Dad and his siblings, together with his extended family and their friends, ensured that the life he had was filled with love, kindness, care and hope.[/p][p] He in turn, gave them an opportunity to love him and experience a total acceptance of the perfect gift that Alfie was.[/p][p] They say that giving a beautiful present is a way of telling someone he or she is loved. Alfie’s time with everyone became a wonderful gift to everyone around him.[/p][p]Alfie defied predictions in that he lived for over a year, and the fact that he did was remarkable.[/p][p]The love and care given to him by family and friends was given in equal measure by the staff of Little Bridge House in Barnstaple, one of a number of Children’s Hospice South West ( CHSW) Hospices across the South West, not only when he was alive but supporting the family through and beyond his death.[/p][p] As you can now appreciate, saying ‘yes’ when Alfie’s Grandad Keith asked the question ‘Would you like to complete a 205 mile Bike Ride’ was an easy one to answer.[/p][p]So, on 6th, 7th and 8th July 2018, Team Duchy 10 + Alfie will be keeping each other company as we take part in the CHSW Ride for Precious Lives 205 mile Charity ride.[/p][p]The ride commences at their St Austell Hospice and finishes on the first day at their Little Bridge hostel in Barnstaple.[/p][p]The second day sees (by now saddle sore) assembled riders leave Barnstaple to rise up onto Exmoor finishing in Taunton for the second overnight stop before proceeding up through Cheddar Gorge to arrive on the Sunday afternoon attheir third and final hostel near Tyntesfield for a welcome rest and BBQ.[/p][p]As for the riders, some of you will know one of us, some of you will know a few of us, and a few of you will know all of us! Most of us work for the Duchy of Cornwall, a few of us are married to a member of the Duchy of Cornwall crew and two of us are friends of Duchy of Cornwall team![/p][p]None of us are proficient bike riders (and at least 4 of us have actually had to go out and buy a bike so that tells you just how new to it we all are!) but we do however have two things in common……. a fierce determination to try and raise the £10,000 target set, together with a hope to just be able to say we finished and survived the course![/p][p] So here we are as follows:[/p][p][b]Keith & Michele Sanders[/b] (the first of two ‘husband and wife’ teams) and Alfie’s grandparents. Whilst their son completed the course in 2017 in double quick time, they are not aiming to follow in his tyre tracks![/p][p][b]David & Christine Walsh:[/b] (the second ‘husband and wife’ team) and the first to be swept up in the ‘moment of madness’! They also have the title of ‘grandparents’ so will see just finishing as a major achievement![/p][p][b]Peter James:[/b] Former rugby player (over 30 years ago it has to be said, until bad knees ended an illustrious career) who will be quietly competitive on the day![/p][p][b]Ben Murphy:[/b] We think he will finish at least a day ahead of the rest of us but Ben is adamant the rumours of his athleticism are wholly unfounded![/p][p][b]Greg Walsh:[/b] The youngster of the group who will want to ensure that he reaches the finishing line before his parents! Whilst he still may not be able to beat his Dad at Table Football this could be his chance of glory in the cycling stakes![/p][p][b]Heather Bayston:[/b] Being Scottish, Heather is used to climbing hills but not on a bike![/p][p][b]Bob Brady:[/b] A keen leisure cyclist who is already well ahead with training ( according to Heather anyway!)[/p][p][b]Miriam Phillips:[/b] Supermum and Poundbury Champion, she is the second youngest member of the group and very keen to show her two young boys that their mum can do tricks on her bike too![/p][p] Please help us raise funds for this wonderful organisation so that they continue to help other families like the Sanders.[/p][p]Click on the link to see more about the CHSW. [/p][p][url=https://www.chsw.org.uk/]https://www.chsw.org.uk/[/url][/p][p] [b]And just one last thought which was spoken to his parents at his funeral:[/b][/p][p] ‘Alfie may not have had “a life” here on earth but you have given him an eternity…..”[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

06 Jul 2018


Aug 12, 2018

The Walsh Pelaton!

Could not leave it so close to our target!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 12, 2018

All at Physiques and Shapes

Fab effort!


Aug 12, 2018

Arthur Williamson

A wonderful effort for a wonderful cause! Congratulations to you all!


Jul 31, 2018

Sophie Henderson

Sorry this is so late! Go Mimmers x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 26, 2018

Alan and Moni

Well done to all of the team, such a great effort in the warm weather

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Jul 25, 2018

All at Hall Woodhouse

A big shout out to our Poundbury Duchy Partners - great cause, great effort, great achievement

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 25, 2018

Ben Fredriksen

Congratulations on your achievement!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 22, 2018

Veronica and Derry

Well done team


Jul 22, 2018


£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 22, 2018

Julie and Cameron

Well done Bob and team, a terrific effort in such hot weather from Julie and Cameron

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Christine Walsh

Christine Walsh

Heather Bayston

Heather Bayston

Michele Sanders

Michele Sanders



Greg Walsh

Greg Walsh

David Walsh

David Walsh

Robert Brady

Robert Brady

Keith Sanders

Keith Sanders

Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy

Miriam Phillips

Miriam Phillips