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Joe Giddings

I'm cycling over the Transylvanian Alps to raise money for Khora. Please sponsor me to fund this brilliant organisation!

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Thighs of Steel

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I've set myself the somewhat daunting challenge of cycling 750km in 6 days through Romania and Bulgaria, over two mountain ranges, straight through bear country. Yes, I agree, that sounds slightly insane. 

This is part of the third year of Thighs of Steel, a really really really long bike ride that goes from London to Athens.

This crazy endeavour is in aid of Khora Community Centre, a refugee centre in Athens, that provides food, legal services, work opportunities, creative space, family support and more to people who have fled their home countries and come to Europe. 

I've completely funded my own trip, and any money you donate will go straight to Khora. Thighs of Steel has managed to raise enough money in the first two years to pay all of the rental costs of an 8 storey building up until now (with lots left over for other stuff), and that building has supported hundreds of people, so any money you donate will have a really direct impact in continuing that support!! 

I've got the bike, I've booked the flights, and my legs will have to do the job because I can't trade those in, but I need your help to raise £500!! 


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London to Athens 2018

A group of not-so-serious cyclists have set themselves the serious challenge of cycling between London and Athens. The ride is a relay-style challenge, with each participant taking on a week or two of the overall trip.

We are fundraising for Khora; a grassroots, proactive association running a community centre in Athens. Their centre provides basic and human needs for people without freedom of movement. This includes free nutritious food, clothing, education, access to information and a safe space to build relationships and relax.

Equally important to what they offer, is how they offer it. Khora is run by volunteers from all over the world. Its team includes members of the local Greek community, the refugee community and other international volunteers too. It prioritises dignity and respect in every service it provides.

The £60,000 we are aiming to raise will pay for the rent for their community centre for an entire year. The running costs of a project are typically the hardest to find funding for, so it of particular importance to be able to provide this for Khora, to secure a stable future for the project. All fund-raised money goes to Khora, and none on the ride.

Event date

22-July-2018 00:00  - 
08-September-2018 23:59

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Donation by Granny
on 06-09-2018
£0.00 gift aid
You're mad!
Donation by Shaun
on 26-08-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Good on ya bru! Always believed in those thighs
Donation by Jamie Lees
on 25-08-2018
£1.25 gift aid
... best of luck, Joe! There’ll be a pint in The Dove waiting.
Donation by James Alder
on 21-08-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Donation by Christopher Walker-Lyne
on 21-08-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Go Joe!
Donation by Dad
on 21-08-2018
Donation by Tom Golden
on 15-08-2018
Good luck buddy - look forward to hearing all about it when you get back!
Donation by Ali
on 15-08-2018
£7.50 gift aid
Enjoy the scenery Gids!
Donation by Anonymous
on 15-08-2018
Go Joey!
Donation by Hannah
on 15-08-2018
£12.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £675.00
Offline Donations: £50.00
Total Raised: £725.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £821.25

Donations closed

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