Sunday 29 July saw a total of 27 Team Revitalise participants join the estimated 25,000 amateur cyclists taking on this year’s Prudential RideLondon 2018.
Among those taking part for Team Revitalise was Martyn Eggleton from Sheffield who returned to complete this year’s Prudential RideLondon for the second year in a row, after having volunteered with Revitalise more than two decades ago.
Martyn first spent time with the charity 25 years ago, aged just 17, where he gave his time to support disabled people and carers enjoying short breaks at Revitalise Sandpipers, the charity’s respite holiday centre in Southport.
Speaking of the memories made during his time as a volunteer, and his reasons for supporting Revitalise once again this year, Martyn commented:
“I spent a few weeks over the years volunteering at Sandpipers, the charity’s respite holiday centre in Southport. They provide a real holiday experience for disabled people and carers and it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
“Still after 25 years I remember the smile of Mary, who I worked with during my second year. She had been the sole carer for her husband who had Alzheimer’s for a long time and their visit to Sandpipers was her first break in over five years. I got such joy from helping them to make new, fun memories together and it was wonderful.
“I enjoyed being part of Team Revitalise for the Prudential RideLondon experience so much last year and knew I just had to do it again this year. I only began riding my bicycle regularly in April last year, so to have accomplished the challenge again today is an incredible feeling!
“Most of all, I’m massively grateful to have an opportunity to once again help all those who Revitalise support and to give great holidays to those who need them.”
Also joining Martyn on the day of the ride was Junsup ‘Joseph’ Shim, a Senior Holiday Care Assistant at Revitalise Jubilee Lodge.
Joseph first spent time at Jubilee Lodge as a volunteer back in 2014, where he supported disabled people and carers to enjoy short breaks for over a year, before going on to become employed as a member of staff.
Speaking of his reasons for wanting to support Revitalise at Prudential RideLondon once again this year, Joseph commented:
“I am so proud to have been a part of Team Revitalise for Prudential RideLondon again this year. I completed the challenge for the first time last year and got totally hooked!
“My job enables me to see guests and carers enjoying respite holidays at Revitalise Jubilee Lodge everyday and it makes me feel very happy that by cycling, which is something that I enjoy to do, I can continue to make a difference to the lives of the disabled people and carers that we support, while giving even more guests and carers the chance to enjoy the same experience with us.”
These are just a handful of stories to come out of this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and we are beyond proud of each and everyone of our amazing Team Revitalise participants for all that they have achieved, especially considering the challenging weather conditions.
We can’t thank you enough for everything you have done to help us to continue our work supporting disabled people and carers to enjoy the respite holidays that they need.
If you feel inspired to take on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 then why not join Team Revitalise for this ride of a lifetime in 2019? For more information or to register your interest speak to our Events Team on 020 72886897 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you can join us!