Story

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. Please dig deep and sponsor me online. How much can you help? As some of you already know, I am embarking on a major challenge this summer to raise money for good causes by riding the entire course of the 2008 Tour de France. The route will see me tackle some of the toughest mountain passes in Europe taking in the Pyrenees and Alps. I aim to complete all 21 stages of the 3,500 kilometers in a similar number of days as the event proper, starting on the 03rd July from Brest in Brittany some 2 days ahead of the actual Tour de France which finishes on the Champs Elysees, Paris Sunday 27th July. Two main charities form the basis for fundraising: - British Heart Foundation (BHF) - The BHF needs to spend £190 every two minutes of every day on life-saving heart research. Why? Because every two minutes someone has a heart attack. All funds raised through your support of this challenge will help ensure the BHF can continue its essential work on life saving research. BHF has a strong association with cycling events and is formally backing this event. -Association of Young People with M.E. (AYME)- It is a national, award-winning registered charity dedicated to providing support and information to the estimated 25,000 young people living with M.E./CFS in the UK and their families. Membership is free for children and young people with M.E. aged 5 to 25 years.It is estimated that across all age groups some 250,000 people in the UK are affected by this devastating illness. Severe and debilitating fatigue for years, painful muscles and joints, disordered sleep, food intolerance, poor memory and concentration are just some of the symptoms. Find out more about M.E. and the Association of Young People with M.E. at http://www.ayme.org.uk. M.E. changes people's lives drastically, (I should know having experienced it myself as a teenager recovering after a long period of rehabilitation in my mid-twenties) though many can remain amazingly cheerful and positive throughout. Those affected can miss out on so much: school, holidays, relationships - simple things that we all take for granted such as having the energy to stand in the shower, drinking through a straw, eating and even talking can be daily struggles. The scale of the funds raised depends largely on YOUR support. For example, even donating just *£21 (only £1 per stage) will make a real difference. ACT NOW! THANK YOU! *All the profits from the funds raised after expenses will be split equally between AYME and BHF charities.

Raising money for

British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation

Charity Registration No. 225971

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Donations 71

great stuff Martin - you are a real inspiration. Rich

Donation by Rich on 07/10/08

£400.00

+ £112.82 Gift Aid

I hope the pleasure made up for the pain! Very well done, Martyn!

Donation by Jill Bartlett on 02/10/08

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Bit late after the event but congratulations it's an amazing achievement.

Donation by Pete and Ali on 17/09/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Fantastic achievement - very inspiring!

Donation by Jules & Trevor on 24/08/08

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Well done Martyn. An inspirational story and an epic achievement. Bien joué!

Donation by James McAleese on 06/08/08

£500.00

+ £141.03 Gift Aid

That should put you over £6K mate. Well done, fantastic achievement.

Donation by Dylan on 03/08/08

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Well done Martyn!

Donation by Dawn Haldane (Dyl's Dawn!) on 03/08/08

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Just be very careful of the French cyclists: you know, the ones wearing a black and white striped shirt, beret, and a string of onions round the neck!

Donation by Duncan Harding on 31/07/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

I can imagine the pain and pleasure - well done, chapeau

Donation by Ken Thomson on 31/07/08

£100.00

+ £28.21 Gift Aid

A wonderful achievement, well done Martin

Donation by Lesley Reid on 30/07/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Well done

Donation by Brian Wright on 30/07/08

£100.00

+ £28.21 Gift Aid

Fantastic achievement Martyn. Those hills are hard work in a car! Very well done .

Donation by John and Daphne Manning on 23/07/08

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Read about you in a friend's 'Cycling Weekly'! Wishing you the best of luck on your challenge. You are truly an inspiration.

Donation by Tristan Hopkinson on 21/07/08

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

Wishing you all the best from all of the AEN Dept at Richard Hale School.

Donation by Ali Gill on 18/07/08

£200.00

+ £56.41 Gift Aid

I thought a young friend riding the E'tape was brave, you are a true warrior. Good luck.

Donation by John Killick on 13/07/08

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

You always were one to make your dreams come true! I am proud of you - will be following your progress with interest!

Donation by Deb Chamberlin on 08/07/08

£50.00

Bonjour Martin! WOW this is a bit of an extreme way of getting your picture in Cycling Weekly.

Donation by Steve Simpson on 04/07/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Bravo et Bonne Chance

Donation by Christophe Serrano on 03/07/08

£10.00

Good Luck Martyn!

Donation by Kelly Ames on 03/07/08

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

An amazing challenge. Having been inspired by your assembly to Year 7 boys at Richard Hale School, I'm sure you're well prepared for it.

Donation by Huw Davies on 30/06/08

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Good luck Martyn!

Donation by ZT on 30/06/08

£100.00

+ £28.21 Gift Aid

Go Roscoe Go

Donation by Phil B on 30/06/08

£100.00

+ £28.21 Gift Aid

Wow Jonesy, never thought you would go through with it.....how wrong I was. Best of luck Champ!

Donation by James L on 30/06/08

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

What a brilliant challenge, I'm full of admiration! Best of luck!

Donation by Philippa on 28/06/08

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

You're somewhere between amazing and utterly mad...hope to meet you and ride Alpe d'Huez...maybe!

Donation by Wendy Chant on 27/06/08

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£6,085.00
  • Offline donations£950.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£7,035.00
  • Gift Aid£1,464.97

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