The money raised by all those taking on the Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge in 2017 will make a real difference to children like Ben.

Seven-year-old Ben’s life was changed in an instant. Whilst playing with friends one morning, Ben went to open the window but lost his balance. He fell from the first floor onto the concrete patio below fracturing his skull.

Ben

His head injury was so severe he couldn’t walk, talk or eat. He could barely sit up on his own and needed round-the-clock nursing care. For three months, the dedicated team at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children’s Major Trauma and Rehabilitation Unit provided physio, occupational therapy, supportive psychology and help with his
speech until, little by little, he began to improve.  

Each year 40,000 children in the UK are admitted to hospital with severe brain injuries but that’s only the beginning of their journey to recovery. The long-term emotional and physical impact takes time to heal and for children like Ben the hospital becomes home for months, for some even years. That’s why we urgently need your help to raise £100,000.

Your support will directly benefit hundreds of children across the South West suffering from traumatic brain injuries, brain tumours, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. With your help we can build a rehabilitation kitchen to help children re-learn the basic tasks of daily life, create a tranquil oasis garden to provide a quiet, private space for families to spend precious time together, and form a stimulating, fun environment to support every step of a child’s long road to recovery.

Aimee White, Paediatric Major Trauma Rehabilitation Co-ordinator at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, explains:

“Rehabilitation from major trauma is a long journey and it starts from day one. Vital to recovery is an inspiring and supportive environment and with your help, we’ll be able to transform the wards into a place where children and their families feel at home whilst receiving the best possible care.”

Ben & Alex

“We know there are still families up there, on that same ward, in those same beds that we spent hours in. They’re sat there right now and tomorrow there will be more. You can’t change that but by taking part in the Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge you can make a huge difference to children’s lives and their recovery.”

Ben's Mum, Alex

The challenge - what can you expect?

We will set off from Bristol and spend two days cycling through quintessentially English countryside en-route to Portsmouth. Then we will set sail to France for two more action packed days where we will continue our adventure in the saddle. And if that wasn’t enough we’ll experience the thrill of crossing the Seine to finish triumphant at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

As part of team Above & Beyond you'll enjoy:  

• Support from our fantastic fundraising team.
• Top tips on training, nutrition and help on how to get the most out of your sponsorship.
• Social events to meet other participants and hear motivational guest speakers.
• Meet and Greet Cycle Rides.
• Full support en-route.
A life changing experience! 

Plaster Team

"Whether a complete novice or cycling pro - we'd encourage anyone who can ride a bike to take up the challenge. We feel so much better for the experience and loved every minute of it!" The Plaster Team who took on the challenge in 2016.

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