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Joe Brockbank

London to Istanbul by bike 2019

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p] Ridiculous ideas often don’t seem that way after a few pints at the pub, and this particular idea was no different…[/p][p][br][/p][p]“London to Istanbul by bike” didn’t sound too bad as Brockers sipped on his 3rd Doom Bar. It was by the 5th and 6th that Clevs and him were locked in. Admittedly, deciding to take on a challenge of this scale has always been something that the lads have wanted to do. Brockers got a taste for it last summer when he kayaked the islands of Norway, and the team for this summer’s challenge has been growing ever since. [/p][p][br][/p][p]You will have heard of the X-men, well, like them, this team of five mutants plan on becoming superheroes and tackling the 2800 miles from London to Istanbul in June and July. Due to hectic summer schedules and the will for a real physical challenge, we plan on making it there in around 5 weeks, which means around 80miles of cycling a day. Five weeks, five lads, 2800 miles. Joe Brockbank, James Cleverly, Josh Yaxley, Humphrey Codrington and Orlando Hill are the team. Whilst certainly not the fittest five to have ever taken on the challenge, let’s all just remember that David was only equipped with five pebbles when he killed the giant Goliath.[/p][p][br][/p][p]When the idea was floated out, few questions were asked… but upon getting home some sceptical parents’ doubts crept in: “But you haven’t ridden a bike since you were 12?”, “Do you even know how to ride a bike without stabilisers?”, “You’re fat now, are you sure you know what you’re doing?” Certainly, some valid points…[/p][p][br][/p][p]Luckily, pints are being traded for Josh’s protein shakes and afternoons at the pub are quickly becoming sessions in the gym! Whilst our exact route is unknown, the enormous scale of the challenge is the opposite. 2800 miles in around 35 days will be tough to say the least. The word “bonkers” has been used a few times now. Luckily, we will be raising money for 3 charities that mean a lot to us as a team, which will help spur us on when times are tough, bums are sore, Orlando is attempting to speak Bulgarian and when Istanbul seems an awfully long way away…[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust[/b] – The ALMT offer support to families with children who are coping with grief when someone important in their lives has suddenly or unexpectedly died or where a loved one is dying. This support is funded by the ALMT and provided to those in need by Jenni Thomas OBE and her small team. The ALMT also supports UK and International partner organisations in running projects that mitigate suffering and give children and young people the hope of a brighter future. James has witnessed first-hand the amazing work this charity does for families following the tragic loss of his Godmother, Louise, and her 12-year-old daughter, Tabitha, in a car crash last year. The trust has provided fantastic support to his great family friends, Al and Benj, in coping with their loss.[/p][p] [/p][p]For more info visit their website at [url=http://www.almt.org/]http://www.almt.org/[/url] [/p][p][br][/p][p][b]robbiesrally - [/b]It is estimated that there are approximately 400 new cases of children with brain tumours in the UK each year. Children benefit massively from follow on rehabilitation, however, this treatment is often only available to the children who have suffered through the most advanced stages of the disease and qualify for an in-patient stay. Robbie Keville was 6 when he lost his mother, Kate, to breast cancer. He decided then that he’d become a doctor but only two years later, aged 8, he himself was diagnosed with cancer – a malignant brain tumour and passed away aged 10 in February 2016. However, before this tragedy, Robbie came up with the idea of ‘robbiesrally’, a charity with the aim of providing more staff to rehabilitate children with brain tumours. He himself named the charity and carried out the initial fundraising events and now his family wish to carry on his legacy.[/p][p][br][/p][p]For more info visit their website at [url=https://robbiesrally.com/]https://robbiesrally.com/[/url] [/p][p][br][/p][p][b]The Atlantic Salmon Trust[/b] – The Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST) was Founded in 1967 in response to growing concerns over the exploitation of wild salmon. Since then, numbers have plummeted with over half of wild stocks disappearing in the last two decades. Industrial fishing, rising sea temperatures and aquaculture are just some of the causes for this decline. In 20 years, farmed salmon has increased by a staggering 900%. Often considered as the most damaging industry on wild salmon, aquaculture was responsible for pouring over 1 billion litres of hydrogen peroxide (a form of bleach) into our oceans last year in order to combat rapidly increasing parasite numbers created by the farms. The toxicity levels of farmed salmon can be 5 times higher than any other food found in our supermarkets. The severely distorted fat and mineral contents compared to their wild counterparts act as potentially serious health issues for any who consume the wrongly labelled ‘healthy option’. Funding for the AST is key for the continuation of projects that help protect and recover salmon. They are a ‘keystone’ species for many ecosystems and this year being the ‘International Year of the salmon’ we are aiming to spread worldwide awareness of the importance of ‘the king of fish[/p][p][br][/p][p]For more info visit their website at [url=https://www.atlanticsalmontrust.org/]https://www.atlanticsalmontrust.org/[/url] [/p][p][br][/p][p]To make things clear, we will be donating a third of the total funds raised to each charity and no money will be going to us but directly to them. However, if you feel strongly about one in particular, then could you please contact us directly at cleverlyjames@gmail.com[/p][p][br][/p][p]Any amount will make a massive difference to the charities involved so please reach deeply into your pockets and donate generously.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Cheers,[/p][p]The Chaps[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]

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Aug 19, 2019

Susanna and Richard Bott

Fantastic achievement, great causes, well done all of you

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 18, 2019

Pauline meesin

Better late than never! Well done Clevs and co. We knew you could do it! The M-F’s. And Billy (aka Benji)

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 18, 2019

The Armstrongs

Well done lads lots of love from all the Armstrong’s

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Aug 16, 2019

The Farrs

A brilliant achievement!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 16, 2019

Julius and Faith

Faith says well done for finishing lol

Aug 9, 2019

Sophie de Roeper



Jul 31, 2019

Al and Benji

Well done lads. Clearly achieved in record time and far quicker than we had anticipated. Al and Benji

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 31, 2019


so impressed, well done


Jul 31, 2019


Well done all of you in reaching Istanbul. Best wishes Lorna and Nigel


Jul 30, 2019

From the Watsons Xx

What an incredible achievement - Well Done All!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid