Keith cycled 100 miles for Jessie's Fund
Some of you will know that, in addition to teaching music at St Peter’s School in York, I run the music at St Olave’s church, and can be seen occasionally riding a bicycle. On July 31st I took part in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 (a London 2012 legacy event, the cyclist’s version of the London Marathon), aiming to raise money for the musical charity Jessie’s Fund as I go. Jessie’s Fund is named after a 9-year-old girl who had an inoperable brain tumour and died in 1994. Her parents, both professional musicians, live in York, in St Olave's parish.
Ride London started in the Olympic Park, then followed a 102-mile route out into the Surrey countryside, taking in the climbs of Leith Hill and Box Hill on closed roads made famous in the 2012 Olympics. The ride finished spectacularly on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race on a similar route.
Jessie’s Fund helps seriously ill children and those with special needs through the therapeutic and creative use of music. The work is mainly done in children’s hospices and schools for children with special needs, and is done with a team of just four part-time staff. Please support them if you possibly can:
- by spreading the word. Using word of mouth, email and social media: just let as many of your friends as possible know about the fund and the ride, and encourage them to pass the message on in turn.
- by visiting Keith’s page on MyDonate.bt.com: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/keithwright1
Ride London starts in the Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the 2012 Olympics, it's a truly spectacular event for all involved. The ride finishes on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race on a similar route. Keith is hoping to stay clear of the chasing peloton as he rides for Jessie's Fund. The fund helps seriously ill children and those with special needs through the therapeutic and creative use of music. The work is mainly done in children’s hospices and schools for children with special needs. Jessie’s Fund does everything with a team of just four part-time staff: please support them by donating here.
- by sponsoring Keith directly: see him in person, or contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- by using Gift Aid (if possible) to boost the value of your donation.
Find out more about Jessie's Fund here: www.jessiesfund.org
Or for a further insight, read this: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/jessie-s-legacy-of-music-for-other-hospice-children-charity-in-girl-s-memory-and-now-a-book-1-2553980