Former Hastoe board member raises over £3,500 for 990-mile charity bike ride

16/09/2013
Former Hastoe board member, Nick Lear, 70, and his wife, Harriet, 73, completed a 990-mile bike ride, raising over £3,500 for charity, with donations still coming in.

Bike ride finale Left - Nick and Harriet at the end of their journey, Barcombe

Despite Harriet breaking her elbow and injuring her knee on the journey and a temperamental sat nav, Nick and Harriet made it home safely after 22 days of cycling.

On the bike ride, ‘Riding for Ruhanga’, Nick and Harriet toured 55 Hastoe housing developments, visiting residents and staff in various areas around the country to fundraise for the charity Let Them Help Themselves.

The journey started at Barcombe, in Sussex, on 19 August. Nick and Harriet cycled in a big loop, via Hastoe’s straw bale development in High Ongar, Essex, through East Anglia to north Norfolk then back through Cambridgeshire and Bucks. Their route then took them through Wiltshire and Somerset as far as west Devon returning through Dorset and Hampshire until they reached Barcombe again, where the first of Hastoe’s rural “exception site” developments was built in 1989 as well as a new one recently completed.

Let Them Help Themselves supports a small African community in Ruhanga, South West Uganda, and is the charity that Hastoe has been supporting for several years, chosen by its residents. ‘Riding for Ruhanga’ has raised money specifically for some much-needed medical equipment for the Ruhanga community.

Nick Lear, former Hastoe board member, said: “When I announced my retirement from the board after nine years, I pledged to cycle round Hastoe’s rural housing developments. What better way to raise money for Hastoe’s charity? Fortunately my wife, Harriet, was enthusiastic about joining me; I could not have managed without her. We were overwhelmed by the help and support we received from Hastoe staff, residents and friends and family. A huge thank you to those who supported the cause. Now we are looking forward to visiting the community in Ruhanga and seeing what this money has achieved out there.”

Sue Chalkley, Hastoe’s Chief Executive, said: “We at Hastoe are very grateful to Nick and Harriet for taking on such an epic journey in support of our charity.  We followed their adventure avidly and are in awe of them and their great achievement. Against all adversity – weather, injuries and Gigi, the temperamental Sat Nav – the couple have raised well over their target of £3,000. Thank you to everyone who supported ‘Riding for Ruhanga’.”  

Donations are still being accepted: www.mycharitypage.com/bikeride  
Nick’s blog: http://ridingforruhanga.blogspot.co.uk
Twitter: @hastoebikeride

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