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.

The Red Funnel Pop Up Soup Kitchen Challenge

1st November to 30th November 2017

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.

He created the Pop Up Soup Kitchen which now 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 and his team of volunteers. They need money for fuel for food deliveries, and for providing the essentials that will make a real difference to homeless people on the Island.

How it Works

Every kilometre ridden along the Cowes to Newport cycle path releases 10p from the sponsorship fund to help the Pop Up Soup Kitchen.

If the total target distance of 2,000km is reached by the end of the challenge on 30th November the amount released is doubled!

  • Each kilometre ridden raises 10p
  • If the 2000km target is met the sponsorship money is DOUBLED

We’re thrilled to have Red Funnel as our sponsor for this challenge. Red Funnel operate the Southampton to Cowes ferries and Red Funnel Holidays. You can take your bike on the vehicle ferry – handy for the Cowes to Newport cycle route.

Pop Up Soup Kitchen Isle of Wight
Trevor Blaney at the Pop Up Soup Kitchen
Sleeping rough


The Red Funnel Ride For Ryde Ice Rink Challenge

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.

Thank you to Red Funnel for sponsoring this challenge.

Ice hockey skaters locked out
ring around the rink

The Red Funnel Sandown Youth Club Challenge

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.

Many thanks once to Red Funnel who sponsored this challenge.

CEYP - a brighter future for young people
Sandown Youth Club - cooking

The Red Funnel Rainbow Club Challenge

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.


Thank you to Red Funnel for providing the sponsorship for this challenge, and continuing to support Bicycle Island.

The Red Funnel Ventnor Skatepark Challenge

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.

Thanks once again to Red Funnel for providing the sponsorship for this challenge, and continuing to support Bicycle Island.

The Red Funnel Foodbank Challenge

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.

Thank you Red Funnel for providing the sponsorship for this challenge, and continuing to support Bicycle Island.

The Red Funnel Alzheimer Café Challenge

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.

Thank you Red Funnel for providing the sponsorship for this challenge, and continuing to support Bicycle Island.

Alzheimer Cafe Isle of Wight
Alzheimer Cafe Isle of Wight

The Cameras For Carers Spring Challenge

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.

Carers IW
Carers IW