Now in its tenth year, join us on our Big Battlefield Bike Ride to support wounded Servicemen and women as you travel through historical battlefields and commemorate 100 years since the end of the Great War.
Make memories to last a lifetime
Although sponsorship from your friends and family is amazing, getting creative and coming up with other ways to fundraise will provide a massive boost to your fundraising. You can do this by planning events throughout the months leading up to your challenge and for three months after the end of it – plenty of time to reach that magic target. Your fundraising journey is all part of the experience, so relish it!
It’s easier if you break your fundraising down into smaller monthly chunks and plan an event or activity for each month to hit that amount.
Your second target of £1,375 isn’t due until 10 September 2018 – six months after your first target.
As part of the Help for Heroes Cycling Team, here are just some of the things you can expect from Team Help for Heroes:
The team is on hand to answer all your questions from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Whether you’re after event specifics, training tips or fundraising advice, we’d love to hear from you.
Phone: 01725 514106
Sunday 10 June – Meet at St Pancras Station in London before travelling by Eurostar to Lille. Transfer to Compiegne.
Monday 11 June – Led by our team of beneficiaries, set off from Glade of the Armistice towards Saint-Quentin.
Tuesday 12 June – Ride north through the battlefields of the Somme, ending in Amiens.
Wednesday 13 June – Continue our ride north, cycling to Arras through the heartland of the Somme and Thiepval.
Thursday 14 June – Tackle a few hills as you cycle Vimy Ridge and Neuve Chappelle to Lille.
Friday 15 June – Cross the border and advance to victory towards Mons with a ceremony at Saint-Symphorien Military Cemetery.
Saturday 16 June – Transfer back to Lille for return to London by Eurostar.
Where does my fundraising go?
The suggested fundraising target for this challenge is £2,750, of which £1,375 must be received by Help for Heroes by Friday 16 March 2018 to cover the cost of your participation. The £1,375 we receive beyond this cost covering target will allow Help for Heroes to continue providing lifelong support to our wounded Servicemen and women. Ideally, we would like your fundraising to have hit £2,750 within six weeks of the challenge.
What will the cycling be like?
Our cycling challenges are not designed to be races, but you should be comfortable at maintaining around 10–12 mph and be fit enough when faced with any hill climbs. An average day’s ride will be around 70 miles. The days in the saddle will be broken up with water and food breaks, along with historian-led stops and visits to war sites and memorials.
Can I sign up for more than one challenge?
Yes, of course you can, as long as you are committed to hitting the suggested minimum targets for each event. We ask that you fundraise for your challenges chronologically ensuring that you hit the target for your first challenge before fundraising for your following challenge.
The Help for Heroes Events Team will work closely with you throughout your fundraising journey and share helpful tips and advice every step of the way. You will receive a comprehensive fundraising guide to help you get started, along with monthly fundraising ideas straight to your inbox!
It’s not just about sponsorship from friends and family. You can plan events throughout the build-up to your ride to help boost your fundraising total.