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Thighs of Steel - 2017 ride to Athens (week 2)

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Matthew Symes

I'm proud to be part of THIGHS OF STEEL's charity ride to Athens. NB.... if you donate anonymously THIS WILL BE YOUR ONLY THANKS!

Raising money for
Help Refugees

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Last year my daughter Harriet mobilised 50 valiant people to cycle in relays to Athens in 6 weeks. They raised an AWESOME £48,000 for a charity that supports refugees, called Khora.  With the money raised plus other donations received Khora rented a 7 storey block in Athens, hiring teachers, dentists, lawyers and others to alleviate the difficulties faced by incoming refugees as well as providing around 500+ free meals a day.  

Their achievement is totally humbling and I'm proud to be cycling one leg of the route - some 600 km between Paris and Lyon - this year to raise money for the Khora community.

So please help!  Give as much as you can - this is truly inspirational stuff!!  Dig deep to create as much pain as me cycling 600 km in 6 days, and "wild camping" i.e. no bed and shower (!).  


Much appreciated and you will have my undying respect.


PS check out the video from last year to get a feel for the challenge .......

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Thighs of Steel 2017

We are fundraising for Help Refugees, who fund small grassroots refugee organisations. The specific group we are fundraising for is Khora, a co-operative made up of volunteers from all over the world, including the local Greek community, the refugee community and other international volunteers. Their community centre in Athens provides not only basic needs such as free nutritious food, warm clothing and access to dental care, but also social needs such as education, child care, access to information and a safe space to build relationships and relax.

Event date

14-May-2017 00:00

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Well done Matthew. Very impressive!
Donation by Simon S
on 21-08-2017
£25.00 gift aid
I think Harriet has been amazing
Donation by Vanessa and Mark
on 14-07-2017
£12.50 gift aid
We assume you made it?! Look forward to hearing all about it...
Donation by Thomas and Catherine
on 27-06-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Well done, Matthew!
Donation by Jonathan L
on 01-06-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Matthew, well done on achieving your target. Let's hope that your journey is as enjoyable as it has been successful in achieving the target ... look forward to hearing some stories in due course !
Donation by Richard Graham
on 30-05-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Truly Inspirational :) Good Luck
Donation by Caroline
on 22-05-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Great cause, Matthew. Good luck! Mike
Donation by Anonymous
on 19-05-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Good Luck Matthew
Donation by Catherine
on 13-05-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Good luck
Donation by Zara Lamont
on 10-05-2017
£6.25 gift aid
Good luck!!
Donation by Jeremy Goring
on 09-05-2017
£12.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £4,625.00
Offline Donations: £1,300.00
Total Raised: £5,925.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £6,973.75

Donations closed

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