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Robert Minns

From 3/3/18 I'll be cycling from Turkey to China alone via the Caucasus & the Stans raising money for ClicSargent & Against Malaria Foundation.

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CLIC Sargent

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Donations accepted until 28-09-2018

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10 years ago this month my life changed for ever when my 10yr old daughter was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. She sufferred awfully during chemotherapy spending 6 months of her first year on treatment in a hospital bed. Her steroid treatment caused a rare complication affecting her bones such that she was confined to a wheelchair for another two and a half years.
The support we received from our ClicSargent worker, Vicky, was invaluable and without her I sometimes wonder if we would have made it through as an family intact.
She was kind empathetic, realistic, pragmatic, approachable, dependable and effective in liasing with schools, disability rights organisations, occupational therapists,  benefits agency and arranging respite holidays for our daughter and son.
My daughter made a full recovery and is thriving now at university.

Event details

Bob's Silk Road Cycle Challenge

As a boy I dreamt of the open road, of independant travel, and exploration in countries I new little about. 
I began travelling by hitching around Turkey in the summer of 1985 and this started a lifelong passion for travel.
Having passed my half century and wondering when significant physical decline would start, I grabbed an opportunity to realise a long held ambition.
Over a period of 4 months I aim to cycle approximately 6000miles alone and unsupported  from Istanbul to Urumqi, China.
In March the temperatures can go as low as minus 20C in Turkey and on the Ustyurt plateau in Kazakhstan as high as 40-60C in summer. I aim to seek out homestays in Turkey but will carry my full camping kit & up to 6 litres of water as I expect to wild camp most of the journey.
I will always have a dog/bear repellant spray in reach & carry lots of dried noodles and pasta.
Apart from the risks of exhaustion, exposure, heat stroke, dehydration, road traffic accidents, animal encounters and officialdom it should be a walk in the park.

Event date

03-March-2018 00:00  - 
28-June-2018 00:00

Event type

Overseas challenge

Event is completed


Donation by Stephen Jarvis
on 28-09-2018
£2.50 gift aid
I promised you £50 if you made it back in one piece and you did, albeit a skinner piece than the one that set out!
Donation by Clare Aitchison
on 04-09-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Donation by Bridget & George O’Rourke-Smith
on 04-08-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Well done, Bob, what an amazing thing to do! x
Donation by Corena Cracknell
on 02-08-2018
£2.50 gift aid
I always love your adventures, but this one was one of the best. High five Dr Bob!!!
Donation by Kate Harris
on 02-08-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Congratulations on completely this amazing ride. I loved hearing about your journey and look forward to hearing more when you call into Crusty Corner for your lunch . Great news you have reached your target.
Donation by Karen Abbott
on 01-08-2018
£7.50 gift aid
Well done Bob.
Donation by Ian
on 01-08-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Well done Bob - that was a truly amazing achievement!
Donation by Cathy and Ian Lord
on 31-07-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Fantastic effort - it was amazing watching your progress. Thanks for sharing it.
Donation by Anne Marie Brandon
on 31-07-2018
£8.75 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 31-07-2018
£12.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £2,250.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £2,250.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £2,757.50

Donations closed

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