Your friends are fundraising. Don't miss out, opt in.

We did it!

Ben Watkins raised £1,740 from 54 supporters


Start your own crowdfunding page

Closed 30/07/2017

£1,740raised of £1,500 target by 54 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,740 to Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital Orthopaedic Department

    Funded on Sunday, 30th July 2017

    What is crowdfunding?

    Crowdfunding is a new type of fundraising where you can raise funds for your own personal cause, even if you're not a registered nonprofit.

    The page owner is responsible for the distribution of funds raised.


    I am entering the Ride London-Surrey 100 on July 30th. I selfishly entered (not expecting a place) in order to get motivation to stay fit and mitigate the effects of 20yrs+ in the wine trade and of becoming a father. However, since acceptance I have a good cause which I would like to raise some money for at the same time.
    Many of you will know my gorgeous sister Rachel (Tig) but most of you will not be aware how poorly she has been. Essentially, over two months ago she was walking her beloved dogs on Dartmoor when she stumbled and fell. This seemingly innocuous accident resulted in her being taken by ambulance to hospital where she ended up remaining, virtually bed-ridden, for the following eight weeks. Not only had she suffered a severe fracture of her hip, it was discovered that the root cause was advanced secondary breast cancer. Needless to say this has been a great shock to her and all the family. The initial outlook for her future mobility suggested wheelchair use at best and risk of further injury almost certain. However, due to the fantastic Orthopaedic team she has had complicated hip replacement and reconstructive surgery. She now has the opportunity to potentially walk normally again, something she didn't imagine only a few weeks ago.
    Tig is now settled at M&D's and progressing well. As for the cancer, the hormone treatment is underway and we are all hoping for positive results in the coming months and years.
    Throughout this most difficult time, Tig has remained incredibly brave, strong, stoic and good-humoured. She has been in immense pain as well as having to deal with the impact of such a life-changing turn of events. Her family are incredibly proud of her. It is her choice that any money raised will go to the amazing Orthopaedic Dept at Royal Devon & Exeter Hosp (Charity1061384) who have absolutely changed her life.
    This ride is the most challenging thing I will have done. Any support will mean the world to the both of us.



    Ben Watkins

    Updates appear here

    • Ben Watkins2 years ago
      Ben Watkins

      Ben Watkins

      2 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      The ride took place yesterday and I am relieved to report that I did to complete the 100miles. Hopefully the legs will recover one day! A massive thank you to everyone who donated. Tig and I are extremely grateful and will make sure every generous pound will be put to very good use for the amazing staff down at the R D&E. I expected this page to stay open for donations for another month yet as instructed, but it appears to have closed early. If anyone did still want to donate we can be contacted directly. Thank you so much, Ben & Rachel.

      Share this update to help us raise more

    2 years ago

    Ben Watkins started crowdfunding

    Leave a message of support

    Page last updated on: 7/30/2017 16.51



    • Susan Morton

      Susan Morton

      Jul 30, 2017


    • Anonymous


      Jul 30, 2017


    • Tig


      Jul 30, 2017

      Had to make it a round figure! Immensely proud. Love you so much and thank you for all you do. I know what a tough challenge this was for you xxxxx


    • Jane Stevenson

      Jane Stevenson

      Jul 30, 2017

      Good Luck Ben! Thinking of you and dearest Rachel today!

    • Rachel Higgins

      Rachel Higgins

      Jul 30, 2017

      Good luck Ben - thinking of you today, go smash it!!Loads of love x


    • Giselle


      Jul 30, 2017

      Fantastic effort Ben and a great cause 😀Well done!❤️ Giselle, Richard, Bryn & Eliza Xxxx


    • Emma Williams

      Emma Williams

      Jul 30, 2017

      Go Ben! Keep peddling. Lots of love from the Williams Clan xxxxx


    Great people make things happen

    Do you know anyone in need or maybe want to help a local community cause?

    Create you own page and donʼt let that cause go unfunded!

    About Crowdfunding
    About the fundraiser
    Ben Watkins

    Ben Watkins

    Report this Page