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 September to 30th September 2017
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.
They are currently moving to new premises in Sandown High Street where they will have better facilities, more activities and longer opening hours. They hope to be up and running by the end of September.
All money raised from this challenge will go towards upgrading their music and media equipment – very popular with the young people using their services.
How it Works
Every kilometre ridden along the Cowes to Newport cycle path releases 10p from the sponsorship fund to Sandown Youth Club.
If the total target distance of 2,000km is reached by the end of the challenge on 30th September the amount released is doubled!
- Each kilometre ridden raises 10p
- If the 2000km target is met the sponsorship money is DOUBLED
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.