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Debs started as WfW participant at our sessions in Croydon. Then she became a volunteer and is now a cycling instructor. She does enjoy fundraising for the charity too – always smiling and kindly asking people for a donation towards WfW work. And she’s taking part in this year’s Easter Bunny Ride (as she did last year).

 

In this Q&A she shares about her fundraising experience from last year and her love for cycling

 

What was the best moment of last year’s ride?

Reaching Greenwich and having complete strangers put money in the pot as they laughed at my bunny ears, blackened nose/whiskers and white pom-pom tail. It was such a happy ride enjoyed by all who saw us cycling along with our bunny ears.

 

Why did you sign up this year?

I signed up to take part this year as I strongly believe WfW is one of the best and most deserving charities around. You offer a service for all kinds of people who may otherwise not get any kind of the fun and rewarding exercise that they provide.

 

What fundraising tips can you share with other participants?

Don’t be afraid to ask everyone and anyone to put some money in. Also, always smile and be polite, and explain a little about what WfW does for people.

 

Where are you going to do you ride?

Probably to Greenwich & back, I’ve not totally made my mind up yet.

 

Can you tell us a bit more about your cycling experience?

I’ve been cycling all my life. I was 4 and could ride a tricycle. I cycled to every job I had with the most miles I cycled was five there and five back. All this came to an end when cycling became impossible due to OA. In 2010 I was lucky enough to have two total knee replacements, then while walking my dogs I found Wheels for Wellbeing and began learning to ride with their help all over again in 2011. I’ve been able to get back on my own two-wheeler and join British Cycling ‘Breeze’ programme where I learnt how to lead others. I rode several sportifs in 2013 (London to Brighton, Three Bridges to Eastbourne and Horley to Greenwich (The Complete NCR 21),  earning a medal for each one. In 2014 I raised over £240 for the Stroke Association by riding the Thames Bridges Ride, that was over 16 Bridges across the Thames, over 45 miles by the time I finished. I take women on rides almost every Wednesday.

 

You cycle a lot and support other to cycle to. What’s the biggest benefit of cycling, in your opinion?

Being able to cycle gives me immense pleasure. It’s something I like to share with others and this’s all thanks to the existence of WfW, without whom I’d probably never have cycled again. I love the Thames and so often ride to Greenwich, Surrey Docks Farm, The O2, The Olympic Park, Thamesmead Tor, Trinity Buoy Wharf, and a varied set of rides around those areas. Alternatively, ‘ll ride to Morden Hall Park, Abbey Mills, Wimbledon Park and where the River Wandle meets the Thames. All the rides include a coffee & cake comfort break. Most of my rides are for/with ‘Breeze’, but some are with a friend to recci a new ride, or just help someone new who’d like to ride.  I just love to ride and any excuse will do really… but don’t tell my husband.

Thank you. 

 

Want to join the Easter Bunny Ride? You can still sign up. Find out more by emailing Alice@wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk or calling 0207 346 84 82.

 

Easter Bunny Ride