Hello my name is David. I share my home in Harrogate with two friends. We are all supported and enabled by ubu to live with greater independence. I have always been passionate about two things in my life, animals and cycling. I decided to find a way to join these interests together than with a sponsored cycle ride. My friends have been very supportive and encouraged me to find a way to make this happen.
I wanted to set myself a goal for this year and raise some money for a charity that is special to me and I chose Moor View Rescue. They look after dogs that have been lost, neglected, abused and give them a chance to find new loving owners. I got in touch with Moor View and explained that I was planning on doing a sponsored cycle ride in September to raise money for the charity and they were really pleased and encouraging.
I decided that I would set myself a target of a 10 mile cycle ride. As I live in Harrogate I would start here and follow the circular route around Harrogate cycle tracks and back again. 10 miles may not seem to be a lot to some but it is perfect distance for me. This was the longest cycle I have ever done and the ubu enabling team supported me by cycling with me and took part in the challenge with me.
I knew I would have to train for my sponsored cycle. So I went out every day with the enabling team pushing myself that bit further. I could feel I was getting much fitter and stronger and my confidence grew. I knew I could complete in the cycle ride with ease and enjoy myself too!
In order for me to raise the money I was hoping from my sponsored ride, the team helped me set up a ‘Just Giving Page’, so I could receive sponsorship over the internet from family and friends. I also went around my local community with a sponsor form so I could explain what I was doing and how important animal welfare is to me.
On the day of the ride I was really excited but anxious. From the start I was determined to complete the journey in one go. It did get tough at times and I did get tired but I continued with my determination. My friends and family were cheering me on at the finish line and I was so happy to see them. I had an amazing day and I really enjoyed myself. I am very proud of my achievement and I am determined to do it again next year.
Once I had collected the money from different sponsors the enabling team helped me work out how much I had raised. My goal was £150 but I raised £200 thanks to all my generous sponsors.
Thank you to everyone who gave me their support. Moor View Animal rescue contacted me and they are very grateful and have put the money to good use. They are planning on buying the dogs some new toys, comfy beds, blankets bowls.
It has made me feel fantastic knowing that I have the support my friends, family and the local community that has enabled me to do this for the dogs and Moor View. I am planning on doing it again next year but just for now I just need a little break from my bike.