Big family charity bike ride

Hello and thank you so much for visiting our fundraising page. This year Team Simpson are cycling 180 miles from Edinburgh to Inverness as part of our 'Lands End to John O'Groats 1 week a year for 10 years' challenge.

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Hello and thank you so much for visiting our fundraising page. This year Team Simpson are cycling from Edinburgh to Inverness as part of our 'Lands End to John O'Groats 1 week a year for 10 years' challenge.

What are the stats I hear you cry! Well, funny you should ask. It's 30 miles every day for 6 days (carrying all our luggage), 5 bikes, 3 awesome children and all for 2 fantastic charities.

Dementia UK - in support of the many sufferers that we know and for those who my amazing brother has started working with recently and The Samaritans - In memory of a family member, Mick and in support of his wife and my cousin, Joan.

You can follow our adventures by checking out our blog posts which are usually written by the kids and never fail to be entertaining.

Thanks again for all your support. Much love, Dave, Heidi, Harry (13), Charli (11) and Grace (8).

Oh my gosh We are in Edinburgh and are having a wonderful time mingling in Europe. And also kilt shops.

We have met lots of lush people including one woman who was giving out sweets, sweets which could kill you with their sour taste. She stopped and talked to us while the rain powered down on the cobbles. I would definitely recommend going to Edinburgh and especially the Fringe festival.

However, my favourite thing which happened today was when mum did a country wee and managed to get some on her shoe.

Excited about tomorrow

Here’s the last blog entry thingy majig from me. We’ve made it! I’m feeling hugely relieved, exhausted, pleased and excited for next year already.

Here’s the last blog entry thingy majig from me. We’ve made it! I’m feeling hugely relieved, exhausted, pleased and excited for next year already. Today was crazy – we started off in rain and ended in beautiful sunshine. We met a man who had cycled AROUND THE WORLD, twice and he still managed to be wowed by our adventures and earlier in the week we met a chap who was cycling the 3600 miles of the coast of the U.K. Aren’t humans cool?!
Arrived in Edinburgh to find that several thousand people had come out to welcome us! Had to push our bikes through crowds of people, I’d forgotten that the big flag was still on the back of my bike until the pole got caught on a market stall and then whipped back toward me via a mans face. A wheelchair bound man. 
Off to bed now so we can enjoy some more fringe entertainment tomorrow. Hugely proud of my incredible children and of course, Dave. X
Today was crazy – we started off in rain and ended in beautiful sunshine. We met a man who had cycled AROUND THE WORLD, twice and he still managed to be wowed by our adventures and earlier in the week we met a chap who was cycling the 3600 miles of the coast of the U.K. Aren’t humans cool?!
Arrived in Edinburgh to find that several thousand people had come out to welcome us! Had to push our bikes through crowds of people, I’d forgotten that the big flag was still on the back of my bike until the pole got caught on a market stall and then whipped back toward me via a mans face. A wheelchair bound man. 
Off to bed now so we can enjoy some more fringe entertainment tomorrow. Hugely proud of my incredible children and of course, Dave. X

2016 Day 5: Heidi

Today was a crazy day consisting mainly of huge long stretches of cycling on a cycle path next to busy and noisy roads or cycling up hills that went as far as you could see and into a headwind.

There was also a lot of cycling through wasteland past nuclear power stations and concrete works. The wind was so strong as we biked down the hill into Pease Bay that you didn’t even need to break despite it being a 1/4 hill. Totally different day to yesterday.

NTodays ascent was in the first half of our journey and so saw some fairly standard country sights like a small hare that ran the length of a football pitch towards us before darting off into the undergrowth. Loads of roadkill and livestock in the fields, we spent a lot of time mooing at cows and baaing at sheep. Sadly we saw the rough end of country living when we came across a livestock wagon full of pigs that had overturned on a bridge in the middle of nowhere. The noise was horrendous and could be heard from some distance away. We passed the vet who was enroute to slaughter the animals. It reminded me of a time when a horse got hit by a lorry in the lane outside our cottage when I was about 9 (in Cornwall). My dad went out with his shotgun to see if it was needed but I can’t remember what happened. Can you remember this bruv?

Yesterday I had a tumble off the bike and so today my bruising is EPIC. Sore muscles from earlier in the week are recovering as we all get stronger and the Scottish midges have been less than we feared. Winner!

*Entertainment (*distraction) this week has been awesome. We’ve played ‘We took a load of children swimming and they were called’ – Alex, Belle, Charli, David, Ed, Frank….etc. And eye-spy. And we’ve sung Shine Jesus Shine a lot, and Rick’s new album has been belted out all over the hills of the Scottish Borders. We’ve talked about who we hope to spend time with when we get back too. 
Anyway, enough from me. Tomorrow we will complete the final day of stage 7 and celebrate in style at the Edinburgh fringe. Please keep on donating, it’s so encouraging and we appreciate it so much. You are all as much a part of this crazy thing as we are. Much love xxxxx

2016 Day 5: Harry

Feeeewwwww. We are finally preparing ourselves for our last day of cycling. By mostly sleeping. The last day is the final push, the day when we finally arrive at the destination, Edinburgh; woohoo. I personally am very proud to be a Simpsonian.

One of the things which I would love is to smash our target(£2,000). Both charities are amazing and are charities which make you feel the world has people who are loving and kind.

So I would like to say a big Thankyou to all donors and supporters but especially Rupert who has so far donated £110, so be like Rupert and spread the word about our fundraising.

Love Harry

2016 Day 3: Heidi

Yesterday we’d done a third and today we’ve completed a half of the miles we need to do. Great weather for cycling, kinda breezy but sunny which meant we got a touch sunburnt as it was bouncing off the sea.

Felt stronger in my legs today which is a good job as we needed to get to Bamburgh and then on to our hotel in Belford before the rain was due at 5pm.
The castle was very cool, mainly because it was the location of a kids TV series last year so our guys were very excited to be there. Lots of info to be read, all of which we’ve forgotten. 

More punctures today, more ice cream and an encounter with a wasp. Never ignore a weird feeling in your armpit even if you are doing a fair whack along a country lane in the sunshine. After a few minutes I had a tentative feel and brushed it off whilst screaming and steering the bike at the same time. So, dodgy right arm and dodgy left. ^^

Met a wicked guy soon after who was on a pilgrimage from Porlock (not as grand sounding) to Holy Island (as this). Massive beard, the obligatory satchel and sandals, big BIG smile. As we pulled away from him after our chat he said, God speed. 

Saw lots of random animal skins on the road today, possibly squirrels that have stolen one too many nuts and been eaten by something bigger. The cycle network has been fantastic as ever but sooooo much broken glass everywhere, not good.
Arrived at our end destination and got approached by a couple of great folks outside the Black Swan selling peas, still in their pods! Gracie was very happy as that’s her favourite thing, ever.

Fish and chips for supper and a wee drink followed by some cookies from the Co-op. Gracie came with me to buy them and spent quite some time playing with dog toys, the loud squeezy kind. As I was on my way over to tell her to cut it out an announcement came over the tannoy. “This is a customer announcement. If you squeeze it, you buy it!” Lots of customers laughed, especially when I said we’d have to buy the dog first!

Anyway, tomorrow is BIG. It’s 30 miles with over 1600 ft of ascent. I’m off to bed, Dave is already zonked out. Night chaps. X

2016 Day 3: Charli

So far we have done approximately 80 miles. On the fist day we did 30 miles from Newcastle to Ashington. We went past the marina and along the cost. We stopped at a small beach and had an ice cream. We stopped at a premier Inn and I had spaghetti bolongnese for tea.

Yesterday we cycled Ashington to Embleton. It was such a tough start because we were battered from the first exhausting weather. We set of in a good start and stopped of to paddle in a beach were I saved a jellyfish. I saw a dead sqirrel, rabbit, mouse and a bird. We went from Embleton to Belford and saw a dead hedgehog. We had lovely tea.

Thanks to every one who has sponsored us,

Charli

2016 Day 2: Heidi

Hey chaps, all is well here. I won’t pretend it’s all sunshine and the wind in our hair because it’s not as there are saddle sore behinds and very tired legs but mostly we’re fine.

Met some interesting folk today, the usual mix of locals and others. An argument outside our hotel room at 3.50am went something like this. Him: You never listen to me, you’re always right and never wrong. Her: Well you have no respect for anyone least of all me. You don’t give a **** about anyone but yourself. Him: I DO, I’m always putting other people before me! This was all at warp speed and in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT outside our bedroom door. Oh the irony.

Tonight, a young lad called Mason came and sat with us while we played cards in the pub and within a few minutes had told me that a man started shouting and swearing at his Mam this morning so he (Mason) went off to get his brothers air rifle. 

The kids are all costing us a fortune as they’re burning so many calories that no-one wants a ‘kids meal!’ Dave and I have had to sample a few local brews, for research purposes you understand. All of us are saddle sore and I have a few twinges and pain in my dicky arm but we are already a third of the way there so it’ll be fine.

We’ve been following route 1 which is known as the ‘castles and coast’ route in Northumberland and is absolutely spectacular. There are miles of sandy beaches with barely anyone on them despite it being sunny and warm here. If you can stomach the long drive here then I’d recommend it as a great place for a holiday!

Best thing that happened today: Dave getting caught having a wee in a corn field by a load of tourists on a double decker bus. Charli and Gracie laughed solidly for 10 mins!

2016 Day 1: Gracie

The first day is one of the hardest days you will face because 1) you aren’t used to it and 2) because you’re closer to the city. My bottom is sore when you’re on the tag a long which makes it harder to pedal. Grace.

We were raising money for One25 (local charity) and Sands (in memory of Meredith Hooper) in our 7th year of completing Lands End to John O’Groats in 10 years. This was an exceptionally tough year as there are many hills en-route as we challenged ourselves to complete the 170 miles in 6 days.

The ride started on July 31st in Newcastle and took us over some beautiful (and hilly) terrain before finishing in Edinburgh on August 5th. As usual, we carryied everything we need on the bikes and rode regardless of the weather and achy legs.

Thanks to all the excellent support from people, we raised £3000

2015 175 miles from Sheffield to Newcastle

Team Simpson’s 2015 cycling challenge was to cycle 175 miles from SHEFFIELD to NEWCASTLE to raise some much needed funds for 2 very wonderful charities, Bristol Mind Home for GoodBristol Mind works to raise awareness, reduce stigma and promote good emotional and mental health. Home for Good is a nationwide charity who work together with church communities to promote adoption and fostering.

The ride began on July 25th in Sheffield city centre and over the next 9 days and 175 miles took in the many hills and sights of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Durham and Tyneside, ending in Newcastle on August 2nd. As ever, our amazing children pedaled the whole way themselves although Charli & Gracie ‘tagged-along’ near main roads and busy sections of the route.

 Thanks to all the excellent support from people, we raised £2478.98

2014 Derby to Sheffield

It’s the 5th year that Team Simpson have taken on a long distance bike ride to raise money for charity and this year we would love to raise more money than ever for our chosen charities.

This year we have chosen 3 charities who we’d like to help. The Red Cross, the R.N.L.I. and Help for Heroes.

We’ll do all the legwork by cycling from Derby to Sheffield in 4 days (80 miles) and it would be soooo fabulous if you would speed us along the route by sponsoring us all to do it. Last year was tough, on one day we cycled 35 miles cross country and this year promises to be just as tricky. The route is very hilly so Harry in particular will need lots of encouragement. Please send us your pennies and pounds as all amounts, large or small, will be very much appreciated.

We push off on Friday August 15th so it’s just around the corner.Thank you from all of us, Harry (10), Charli (8), Gracie (5), Dave & Heidi xxxxx

Total raised incl. Gift Aid:£576.25

2013 Oxford to Bristol

Hi, thanks for visiting our page. It’s that time of year again where we embark on a cycling challenge to raise money for charity. This year our charities will be St Peters Hospice, a local charity who have been providing first class care in Bristol for over 35 years to people suffering with cancer and Clic Sargent, a charity which provides support and care for children with cancer and their families.

As you may already know, we’ve been dealing with cancer and it’s after effects since September 2012 so this years ride will be extra special for all of us. It’s going to be from Oxford to our home in Bristol, a route covering 115 miles and in only 4 days. That’s nearly 30 miles every day! Charli and Gracie will ride behind Dave and I on tag-alongs and Harry will, as usual, ride his own bike. We set out from Oxford on Thursday August 8th.

I will also be running in Race for Life on Sunday July 7th which will be good preparation for the cycle trip. Our girls will be joining me too.

So, please dig deep and do whatever you can to support us and these amazing charities. Thank you so very much. Xxxxx

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Total raised incl. Gift Aid:£755.89

2012 Derby to Oxford

From our fundraising page at the time: Please help us to raise our fund-raising target of £1000 by sponsoring The Simpson Family in their epic 170 mile charity bike ride in aid of Sea Mills Community Initiatives (SMCI). Check out www.smci.org.uk to find out more.

Who are the ‘Family?’
Our family consists of Dave, Heidi (me), Harry (8), Charli (6) and Gracie (3) and we will be cycling the West Midland Way in its entirety from Derby to Oxford over the course of a week beginning on August 9th.We will stay in pre-booked hotels and b&b’s en-route and carry all our luggage on the bikes. Gracie will be cheering us all on from her seat on the back of my bike while Charli will be assisting Dave on the hills by pedalling on the tag-along. Harry who is only 8, will pedal himself along the whole 170 miles! That alone has to be worth a few quid ;o)

Why would you sponsor us?Please consider sponsoring us for two reasons. 1) Our children. This is a long way with many many hills, the likelihood of dodgyweather conditions and of course the prospect of spending every waking hour with their parents and siblings. No mean feat! And 2) Because it’s an amazing charity. I am fortunate enough to be the manager of the Cafe on the Square (see smci website) and can give first hand accounts of how our little cafe is making a HUGE difference in our community. All profits go straight back into community projects for the benefit of folks in Sea Mills, Bristol.
What will your pennies and pounds do?
Loads!!!
The Cafe already provides the venue to run various courses from money management to first aid but more than that, it acts as a real focal point for the community. Not only is it shiny and new but it’s also warm and friendly. Your lovely donations will contribute towards all kinds of things from funding other community projects and courses to contributing towards the substantial running costs of the cafe.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and if you’re able to help us reach our goal, thank you again. If you’re unable to donate at this time, no worries but please consider praying for the good health and safety of us all on the route, for dry weather if at all possible and for our children to enjoy it as much as they did the last two times we did this. Also, please consider posting this page on FB and Twitter and spreading the word. Cheers lots, all the best to you and yours, Heidi ;0) Offers of corporate sponsorship gratefully received and seriously considered.

Total raised incl. Gift Aid:£1,047.26

2011 Northampton to Oxford

Hello. I’m Harry, I’m 7 yrs old and I’m going to cycle my bike from Northampton to Oxford over 3 days, starting on Aug 14th. I hope it stays sunny so I don’t have to wear my waterproof jacket. It makes me itch. My biggest little sister, Charli, is going to help Daddy by pedalling the tag-along and my littlest little sister, Gracie, will cheer on Mummy from the seat on the back of her bike.

We are trying to raise some money for two charities that we really like. One is the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) who are helping the children and people in East Africa who don’t have any food or water. The other is SMCI (Sea Mills Community Initiatives) which is a charity from where we live. They’re turning an old toilet block into a community cafe for everyone to go and make new friends.

Please give us lots of money so we can help people all over the world. Thankyou very very very much.

In the end people generously donated £165.00 including Gift Aid.