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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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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.

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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

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Dr Minns we already new you were a great Dr at the Surgery but this is amazing. Keith & I hope you are not too saddle sore and will return safe & sound. Keep trekking, or cycling in your case!!. Kindest Regards Marilyn & Keith Simpson Norwich.
Donation by Marilyn Simpson
on 20-05-2018
£5.00 gift aid
well done from us all
Donation by sandra Jessica Jay and Jasmine colley
on 20-04-2018
£0.00 gift aid
What an amazing thing to do, thanks for updates along the way Doing so well Bob ,keep up the good work
Donation by Marion Sayer
on 07-04-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 05-04-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Amazing thing for you to do. Thank you also for all your support as my GP over the last 18 months. Best Doctor I've ever had! Safe travels 👍
Donation by Janine Klaiber
on 29-03-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Ride on Rob!
Donation by Suzi and David
on 16-03-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Keep it going Dr Bob. The very best of luck to you.
Donation by Mark and Gem-Gem
on 11-03-2018
£25.00 gift aid
Good luck! Hope you have an amazing trip
Donation by Sam Bell
on 04-03-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by The Falkinghams
on 03-03-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Good luck Doc Bob ...will be viewing from afar !
Donation by Simon Watson
on 02-03-2018
£12.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £1,850.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £1,850.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £2,262.50

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