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Mary rides the Alps 2018

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Mary Stevens

Mary's fundraising page for Thighs of Steel, raising money for refugees, cycling a very long way over the Alps.

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 Last year I made a spur of the moment decision to join an inspiring group of crazy-sounding strangers cycling to Athens from London with a battered van for back-up and only the roughest elements of a plan. I cycled over 600km from Paris to Lyon and waved my goodbyes just as the Alps started to heave into view. On the way I learned a lot about friendship, resilience and the cause we are supporting: a grassroots community-led refugee centre in Athens.

This year I'm back. In many ways the cause is more urgent; the refugee crisis is not headline news but thousands of people are still stuck in Greece in limbo. I'll be using this as an opportunity
to learn more about their circumstances and how we can help. 

By taking on the Alpine leg (880km, over 15,000km of climbing) I've also set myself the toughest physical challenge I've ever done. Yes, I love riding my bike, but I am genuinely a bit scared of the mountains. I know it will be a big emotional journey as well as an adventure.

Your support means a lot to me, and to Khora. Thank you.


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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 Andy
on 16-09-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Well done Mary. Fantastic achievement. Sorry it has taken me this long to donate. Izzie. Xx.
Donation by Izzie
on 05-09-2018
Good luck Mary , amazing challenge , hope it goes really well and you reach your fundraise target , love Leah Kevin Amelia and Isabelle
Donation by Leah Pay
on 08-08-2018
£2.50 gift aid
So impressed. Hope you enjoy it...
Donation by Hugh Knowles
on 08-08-2018
Good luck! Hope you have a great adventure. Stay safe. Xx
Donation by Ellie
on 07-08-2018
Ride on, Mary! Great cause, amazing journey.
Donation by Ayla Lepine
on 05-08-2018
you go Mary... I'm full of admiration xx
Donation by Liz Mallinson
on 04-08-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by Fran
on 31-07-2018
We've got so much admiration for what you're doing. Good luck for the journey, and maybe we'll join you when we're back in Europe!
Donation by Jenny and Steve
on 30-07-2018
£25.00 gift aid
All the best for the cycle Mary!
Donation by Duncan Birse
on 29-07-2018
£5.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £1,755.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £1,755.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £2,170.00

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