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Peter Rowlands

Cycle Switzerland Challenge 17th Sept 2019

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Target £0.00

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My story

[p]April 12th 2013.On this day my life changed in a split second whilst I was leading a ski team up a high valley in the Austrian Tyrol. The valley narrowed with a deep gorge on one side and snow covered cliffs on the other. A large avalanche advanced on the team and I just had time to shout a warning before being engulfed and swept over the edge of the gorge, hitting my head on the rocks below as I fell over 400 feet into an icy glacial river. My head was held above water by buoyancy in my rucksack but my body temperature quickly fell to 27 degrees in the icy water. I was airlifted out by an helicopter and taken to Innsbruck where surgeons restored my body temperature and operated to remove shards of skull from my brain. I remained on the edge of life for weeks in an induced coma. Eventually I was flown back to the UK to remain in hospital for nearly 2 years during which time I also had another life threatening fight, this time with cancer. [/p][p]Time has now passed and I have recovered sufficiently to know how lucky I have been and to be able to enjoy life again albeit very differently to my previous life as an Alpine Guide.[/p][p] My family have stood by me throughout this long and difficult period and my trainers and physiotherapists have supported me at every stage. It has been incredibly hard work but without this support I could not have made it. [/p][p]My passion now is cycling, something that I can do all year. Last year I totalled some 14,000km on my bike. My mission is now to support others via the Seashell Trust, a special needs children's school. The trust is a national charity supporting children and young adults with complex learning disabilities and additional communication needs from across the UK. It provides education and care from 2 to 25years.[/p][p] I am planning to join The Seashell Trust Cycle Switzerland Team in September and fund raising has already commenced. If you can help me to raise funds by donating I will be very grateful.[/p][p]Thank you[/p][p]Pete Rowlands [/p][p][br][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

17 Sep 2019


Oct 19, 2019

Hazel Howard

fantastic Pete X


Sep 16, 2019


Allez, allez, allez Pete! Or should it be geh, geh, geh?!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 7, 2019

Jim Thompson

Good luck Peter ......You will murder the assents.Have a great time. Jim from the Gym

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 16, 2019

Two TF gym members

Best of luck, Pete, we look forward to hearing about the ride.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 13, 2019


Inspirational, Pete. I have been following your progress since your accident and am delighted that you are cycling for The Seashell Trust.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 24, 2019


You are so amazing Pete, totally in awe, your Short friend at Total Fatness, Jane & Doreen

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 15, 2019

Linda Phipps

My late husband, Nick, often used to talk to you at Total Fitness and would have wanted to support you. Good luck.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jul 7, 2019


Well done Pete & team, great work! With love from the Lowes xxx

Jul 5, 2019

Jane Gosney

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 5, 2019

Rachel Rushton

I met you when I helped you in the Tri relay at Wilmslow. Pete you are as always an inspiration!!!!!! An amazing challenge for a fantastic charity! (Doubt I would keep up with you these days) stay safe and good luck!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid