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About the challenge:

In July and August 2013 RGR officers Jon Armstrong and Mike Reardon will undertake the challenge of cycling 3000 miles across America from New York City to San Diego, California. Their aim is to raise as much money as possible for the Gurkha Welfare trust with an initial target of £5,000.

The journey will take 42 days to complete and in order to finish the ride within this timeframe they will cycle approximately 80 miles a day. No support team will accompany them adding the extra burden of carrying equipment to the already difficult challenge.

About the Gurkha Welfare Trust:

The Gurkha Welfare Trust helps Gurkha ex-servicemen who served the British Crown, and their dependants, who are in poverty or distress.

 

Today, some 8,100 veterans and widows, many in their 80s, rely on a welfare pension from the Trust of around £40 (depending on exchange rates) each month.

The GWT also provide medical care for retired Gurkhas and their families, in rural areas where there may be as few as one doctor per 100,000 of the population.

Nepal is a striking country however earthquakes and landslides are a constant threat. The annual monsoon often spells disaster. Hardship grants help those who are affected.

Educational grants are made to Gurkhas dependents: each year the GWT support the education of around 1,600 children, build four new schools and conduct an extensive school renovation programme.

The Trust works in partnership with the Department of International Development (DFID) to provide safe drinking water and sanitation facilities to Gurkha communities.

Between July 2010 and June 2011, the Trust built 1,687 tap stands, benefiting 2234 households and nearly 15,000 people. Additionally, 13 latrine blocks for schools were constructed.

 

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Raising money for

Gurkha Welfare Trust

Gurkha Welfare Trust

Charity Registration No. 1103669

The Gurkha Welfare Trust was established to relieve poverty and distress among ex-Gurkha soldiers and their dependents. Today, it works in both Nepal and the UK. It provides a monthly Welfare Pension, Winter Fuel Allowance and emergency Grants. It provides medical care and runs 2 Residential Homes.

Donations 132

Well done guys! A great achievement!

Donation by Paul and Catherine on 10/09/13

It was good fun to meet you in San Diego Mike and Jon. Thanks for stepping up to help so many wonderful people.

Donation by Ron and Nicola Ranson on 04/09/13

$50.00

Donation by Deep and Lotte, San Diego on 02/09/13

£45.00

+ £11.25 Gift Aid

Hey love, sorry its late but well done! You did amazingly :-) loads of love, Kat and Sam xxxxx

Donation by Kat on 02/09/13

What an achievement. Well done Mike and Jon

Donation by Chris, Lynda, Matt & Rob Isherwood on 29/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Guys - what a fantastic result - over target and more to come, you can be sure of that.

Donation by Ian Wallace on 29/08/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Congratulations guys! Glad you made it!

Donation by Steve and Randi LeGrice on 28/08/13

$100.00

Well done and congratulations!

Donation by Glyn, Vivien, Hannah and Ella on 28/08/13

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Sarah Campbell on 28/08/13

£10.00

Love you Jarm! You didn't jack one bit!

Donation by Josh F on 27/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

well done lizards

Donation by Anonymous on 27/08/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Great effort for a great cause, keep it up guys!

Donation by Jamie Brooks on 27/08/13

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

you'll always be a crow bag to me.. x

Donation by Ty Temple on 27/08/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Well done lads!

Donation by Jessica on 27/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good work guys!

Donation by Mark howard on 27/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Jon, I'll expect a visit to Catterick!!!

Donation by Michelle Fryer on 27/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Thomas Winskill on 27/08/13

Congratulations you must have almost finished! Well done, such an amazing achievement, hope you can still walk! Xx

Donation by Lizzie Richardson on 27/08/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Shabash! Enjoy the beers at the finish!

Donation by Rob & Jutta on 26/08/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good job lads.

Donation by Alex M on 23/08/13

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

No idea how you're going to survive in that heat!! - still your dad should be able to give you some advice!!

Donation by Stewart Martin on 22/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done boys.Very proud of both of you.Credit to the British Army.

Donation by Ronald Mcdade on 21/08/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Go, Aunty Jacquie, go... and the boys too!

Donation by Fran Stevens on 20/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck from Duncan and Eleanor

Donation by Duncan Cullimore on 17/08/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Jon from the Cheall family.

Donation by Rowland & Tracey on 12/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£4,657.54
  • Offline donations£1,250.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£5,907.54
  • Gift Aid£937.54

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