Triumphant end to 767-mile charity cycle across UK

Childbase Partnership's cyclists take on mammoth challenge
Childbase Partnership's cyclists take on mammoth challenge

A target of £50,000 motivated six cyclists to complete a 767-mile charity ride in just two weeks.

Visiting each of Childbase Partnership’s 47 day nurseries, the cyclists were greeted by cheering children, staff and parents in Newport Pagnell near to the head office as part of their epic journey across the South of England.

During The M and M Challenge from Miles House Day Nursery in Bath to Meadow View Day in Newport Pagnell, the cyclists battled through the tail end of Hurricane Bertha and survived an incident involving an HGV lorry.

It was to celebrate the 25th birthday of the childcare provider, which looks after 6,500 children across the country aged between six weeks up to five years old.

Mike Thompson, Childbase Partnership chief executive, thanked colleagues, children and staff for the warmth of their welcome at each stop during the 14 day marathon and for their fund-raising efforts to help create a play area at the new Princess Eugenie House at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

He said: “I believe we have experienced every possible emotion, from exhaustion right through to elation, on this challenge and I am incredibly proud my fellow cyclists.

“The importance of this outside play area for families and their young patients, undergoing traumatic hospital, treatments spurred us on and captured the imaginations of everybody we met.”

All employees of the 47 Childbase Partnership Day nurseries showed their support to the cyclists by getting on the move on static exercise bikes, scooters and walkers to help boost the funds raised.