Cyclists ride 300 miles for charity that helps families of sick children

Team prepares to set off from Ronald McDonald House
Team prepares to set off from Ronald McDonald House

A team of 20 people pushed their pedal power to the limit by completing a charity cycle ride from Oxford to its twin city of Leiden in Holland.

Stuart Silk, from Milton Keynes and a senior McDonald’s manager, and colleagues from restaurants across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire overcame tyre punctures and occasional tumbles to complete the 300 mile, three day adventure.

The team got on their bikes in aid of Ronald McDonald House Oxford – an 18 bedroom ‘home away from home’ where families who have children being treated at John Radcliffe Hospital can stay free of charge and for as long as they need.

The eager cyclists reached their destination of Ronald McDonald House Leiden in Holland on Tuesday (July 14) – approximately 78 hours after setting off from Ronald McDonald House Oxford.

Their route included stops in Hertfordshire and Essex and a cross-channel ferry to the Hook of Holland.

Stuart and his fellow intrepid cyclists have so far raised £17,500 for Ronald McDonald House Oxford.

They have a JustGiving page for donations at

Stuart says: “Despite a few scratches, bruises and plenty of tired feet we’re all really pleased with how well it went. We’ve had a huge amount of support from friends and family and are pleased to have been able to raise so much money for such a worthwhile cause.“

Ronald McDonald House Oxford is run by an independent charity – Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The charity provides free accommodation in or near hospitals and has operated in the UK for over 25 years.

To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Oxford visit