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The Pilgrim Grandfathers

5 team members

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]Important! Due to the ongoing coronavirus problem, the difficult decision has been made to postpone the ride. The grandfather's are working towards undertaking the ride around the time of the bonfire (August).[/p][p]We will keep you updated[/p][p]2020 is the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower sailing and the 50th anniversary of the Torrington Cavaliers, a long established fundraising group who are known nationally and internationally for building spectacular giant sized themed bonfires. For the past three years the Cavaliers have been building a life-size replica of the Mayflower ship which will be burned on the 29th August 2020. This Cavaliers are officially an "On Board” partner of the Mayflower 400 team who are coordinating the national commemoration and the links with the USA and the Netherlands. The burning of the Mayflower is hoping to raise in excess of £100k for local charities. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Bernie Wittram, a long-serving Cavalier, together with six of his friends will be going the extra mile to raise funds for 4 of the charities who will be benefiting from the bonfire. The Pilgrim Grandfathers (as they have dubbed themselves) have an average age of approximately 70 years old and they have set themselves an extraordinary challenge - they will be cycling from Liden in Holland to the Plymouth Mayflower Centre, in Plymouth, Devon following the steps of the original Pilgrim Fathers, many of whom were religious exiles in Holland who made their way to Plymouth to board the Mayflower and set sail to America. There will be a civic reception at The Port of Harwich on 30th April for The Pilgrim Grandfathers and a reception at the Plymouth Mayflower Centre where they will complete their on 9th May[/p][p]The cycle tour will be completed in nine stages.[/p][p]Liden Holand 30/4[/p][p]Bishop’s Stortford. 1/5.[/p][p]Aylesbury. 2/5. [/p][p]Farringdon. 3/5.[/p][p]Trowbridge. 4/5. [/p][p]Glastonbury. 5/5. [/p][p]Tiverton. 6/5. [/p][p]Torrington. 7/5. [/p][p]Plymouth. 9/5. [/p][p]and the Pilgrim Grandfathers are looking for sponsors to support them on each leg of their journey. ‘This is probably the most challenging project our group of amateur cyclists have ever undertaken but it will certainly be worth the effort to raise vital funds for North Devon Hospice, Devon Air Ambulance, Guide Dogs for the Blind, The Torrington Common’s Conservators,’ says Bernie and adds. ‘The Torrington Cavaliers have achieved national, and international recognition as builders of sophisticated structures, following as near as possible the design of the original and the building of the Mayflower ship will undoubtedly be their most ambitious to date. We are very proud to support their magnificent efforts and hope to raise in excess of £5,000 for their charities.’[/p][p]The Torrington Cavaliers and The Pilgrim Grandfathers are linked to the national Mayflower celebrations through the Mayflower Society. They have their own website and Facebook page Mayflower 400[/p][p] [url=https://www.mayflower400uk.org/events/2020/august-2020/bonfire-2020/]https://www.mayflower400uk.org/events/2020/august-2020/bonfire-2020/[/url][/p][p][url=https://www.facebook.com/Mayflower400UK/photos/a.541581655945446/1568030563300545/?type=3]https://www.facebook.com/Mayflower400UK/photos/a.541581655945446/1568030563300545/?type=3[/url][/p]

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Mar 15, 2020

Clare Ryan Dooley

Good luck Chris and the team!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 10, 2020

Capt Norman

Wish I could join you guys. Hoping you have "fair winds and following seas" - sailor's blessing .


Mar 3, 2020

Dave Sanders

Well done lads, I hope it all goes well!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 1, 2020

Gwen Gist

Best of luck and keep safe Chris. Love Auntie Gwen

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Mar 1, 2020


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Feb 29, 2020

Dave B

Don't let Chris take you down any muddy tracks!!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 29, 2020

Jill Apperley

Good luck to you all!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 27, 2020

Sue Stone

Good luck to my Chris and the rest of the 'Pilgrim Grandfathers' cycling team. Ride safely - I know you will complete this extraordinary challenge - so proud of you. Lots of love, Sue xxxx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Feb 26, 2020

John T

Good luck!


Feb 25, 2020

Elite Access Scaffolding

Good luck Shaun Roach from all of us at Elite Access Scaffolding


James Loud

James Loud

Bernard Wittram

Bernard Wittram

Shaun Roach

Shaun Roach

Graham Isaac

Graham Isaac

Chris Sing

Chris Sing