Each month we set a target distance to be ridden along the Cowes to Newport cycle path. At the end of the challenge a donation is made to a local Isle of Wight good cause. If you would like your organisation to be considered as the beneficiary of a challenge please complete the application form.
1st February to 31st March 2018
1st Newport Scout Group (The Old Guard) has its full name for a very good reason – it is the oldest surviving scout group in the world! They celebrate their 110th anniversary on 8th February, so this is the perfect time to be helping them raise some money.
They provide weekly fun, challenge, adventure and training for 75 children between the ages of 6 – 14 but they want to encourage even more children to get involved. They are raising money to install all-inclusive access facilities to their headquarters and to install the Island’s first indoor artificial caving system.
We’ve got a great chance to help them achieve this because this challenge, like the previous one, is going to run for double the normal amount of time, from February through to the end of March.
How it Works
Every kilometre ridden along the Cowes to Newport cycle path releases 10p from the sponsorship fund to 1st Newport Scouts (The Old Guard).
If the total target distance of 2,000km is reached by the end of the challenge on 31st March 2018 the amount released is doubled! The cycle path is about 5km long so to reach the target needs around 400 journeys.
- Each kilometre ridden raises 10p
- If the 2000km target is met the sponsorship money is DOUBLED
1st December to 31st January 2018
This was a ‘double month’ challenge – there are less people cycling during the long winter nights so we thought that was only fair. Anyway, the total reached was a respectable 1158km, raising £366 for Isle Access. Hopefully this will help them run more accessible cycling events, and even go towards buying their own accessible bikes which can then be used by the community.
Isle Access is a not for profit organisation which has the aim of making the Isle of Wight more accessible and inclusive for everyone. They provide information about access for visitors and residents (see https://isleaccess.co.uk), and provide disability awareness training and guidance.
Last year they organised an accessible cycling event in Sandown. Using specially adapted bikes they were able to provide a cycling experience for adults and children who had never previously had that opportunity. It was such a success that they hope to run more of these events.
1st November to 30th November 2017
The total distance in November was 906km, which raised £341 for the Pop Up Soup Kitchen. This will go towards fuel for food deliveries, and for providing some of the essentials needed by the homeless people on the Island. Thanks very much to everyone who took part.
The Pop Up Soup Kitchen feeds hundreds of people and helps provide the necessities of food, warmth and provisions. It is run entirely on donations and the goodwill of Trevor Blaney and his team of volunteers.
In 2015, after having volunteered at Newport Night Shelter for many years, Trevor Blaney decided to take action and do something to help the Island’s homeless people who are excluded from society, unable to access support services because of alcohol or drug dependency or mental illness.
1st October to 31st October 2017
We did it! This is the first time a challenge target has been achieved since the app launched. The final distance total was an amazing 2037km, raising a total of £658 for Ryde Arena Community Action Group (RACAG).
RACAG was formed after the sudden and unexpected closure of Ryde Arena last October. Their objective is to reinstate the much loved and dearly missed ice rink. Money raised from this challenge will go towards covering the travel expenses of skaters training and competing on the mainland now that they are unable to use the only ice rink on the Island.
1st September to 30th September 2017
We reached 978km during September, raising a total of £348 for Sandown Youth Club. This will go towards upgrading the music and media equipment in their new venue in Sandown High Street.
Sandown Youth Club provides a range of free activities for young people aged 11-21 and has over 500 members. It is run by CEYP, a registered charity established in 1998.
1st August to 31st August 2017
A total distance of 1566km was ridden for this challenge, raising £407 for the Rainbow Club. Thank you to everyone who took part by putting in some miles along the Cowes to Newport cycle route.
The Rainbow club supports children with disabilities and special needs and their families. It is now in its 10th year. They hold regular family meets, baby and toddler sessions and sports sessions for all children with a disability or special needs. Families of children with special needs have many stresses and difficulties thrust at them. The Rainbow Club offers advice and support, providing a shoulder to lean on in the tough times.
They are raising funds for a permanent base in which to hold their meetings and events. This will also be able to accommodate other organisations that support disabled children, bringing support and services together under one roof. There are many areas on the mainland that have this kind of facility, but nothing on the Island.
1st July to 31st July 2017
For this Bicycle Island Challenge we raised £409 for the Ventnor Skatepark Group who are fundraising to get the first purpose built concrete park for the Isle of Wight. Thank you so much to everyone who took part.
The Ventnor Skatepark Group was set up over 15 years ago by Volunteers in the community who wanted to ensure that there was a free to use, skate park facility in the town. Over these years skate ramps have been built and maintained by Volunteers, with all funding coming from donations.
In 2016 the Ventnor Skatepark Group gained charitable status as it embarked on its new project. In keeping with the rest of the UK, skateparks are now being built in concrete – the advantages being that they are much longer lasting and requiring maintenance. On the island we currently have no such provision.
1st June to 30th June 2017
For the third Bicycle Island Challenge we raised £347 for the IoW foodbank. Thank you so much to everybody who took part.
The IoW foodbank provides food and support to people in crisis on the Isle of Wight. There are seven foodbanks located across the Island all of which are stocked and managed from the main foodbank centre in Cowes. The charity is run entirely on donations, so funds are always tight. Money raised from this challenge will go directly towards helping those in need in the local community. It will be used to put fuel in the van, and insurance for the van and buildings.
1st May to 31st May 2017
For the second Bicycle Island Challenge we raised £334 for the ACE7 Alzheimer Café based at the Riverside Centre in Newport. This is a wonderful charity doing great work under difficult circumstances and we’re delighted to give them this donation.
ACE7 provides a meeting place for people, between the ages of 40-65 years that have Early-Onset Dementia and for their Carers. The aim is to provide café users with helpful information, social opportunities, education and activities. Find out more on the Alzheimer Café website.
1st April to 30th April 2017
For the very first Bicycle Island Challenge we raised £575 for Carers IW to buy cameras. 228 journeys were logged, with a total distance of 1257km. Considering this was the first challenge that’s a great result.
Carers IW is based at the Riverside in Newport and provides information, support and advocacy to adults who look after another adult.
Carers IW are raising money to buy cameras so that they can run a camera group for carers who have difficulty leaving their home and feel isolated because of this. Carers will be able to borrow cameras and participate in ongoing challenges. There will be opportunities to learn, enjoy peer support, and for carers to include their cared-for person in activities.
Thank you to the WightAID Foundation and the Isle of Wight Council for sponsoring the first Bicycle Island challenge.