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Cycling from London to Istanbul for Charity 4500 kms. Aeriel view of where they cycled – sort of.


Just to remind anyone, a group of Exeter students including my son Charles Bushe cycled to Istanbul in temperatures of often 40 degrees this summer. The 13 cyclists did an incredible thing to raise money for Help for Heroes. Below I have reposted what i originally wrote. But today i flew back from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to london and for most of the journey the plane followed the route that they cycled. it took them around 40 days and the plane around 5 hours to do that stretch. I hope these photos remind folks what an epic thing that was to do. the quality is not good as they were taken with the humble i Phone 4S.

A week ago on 26th July 13 students from the University of Exeter commenced a 4500km cycle to Istanbul. Why? To support Help for Heroes. Many of these students had just completed their degree and graduated 2 weeks before. Somehow they found time to train,organise and generally prepare for this strenous trip. Aside from the obvious physical aspects there were numerous other planning aspects to consider. For example how to spend as little as possible on the trip, as this would reduce the sponsorship amounts for the charity. So, they spend most nights in tents and some nights in cheap hostels. The van they were donated is not of the Formula 1 category and rather like a beached whale is not deemed well enough to migrate the Alps, so will go around and meet the cyclists on the other side. To date they have reached Lyons and are having a well deserved rest day. My son Charles Bushe texted that he had spent a good day but things like washing needed to be done. They will have finished and be back in UK on September 8th. They deserve as much support as is possible. Even if you can only donate £1 then please do so and also importantly please pass on this message so that others can donate.

They are all good folks and already it is clear that they have bonded well together and are supporting each other when needed. For example the first day of their cycle down to Folkestone the temperature was well into the 30′s C, and there were obvious heat problems. A couple of them have had minor injuries such as a fall and tendonitis but they all keep going.

The links are below.

http://www.justgiving.com/Charles-Bushe  for Charles

 

for the others they can all be accessed here.

http://www.justgiving.com/teams/London-Istanbul2012

 

So, even if it appears a very small sum of money do please donate and help them to collect a decent sum for Help for Heroes. Do not forget that all the weather we have had here they have had too and have continued to cycle! Even Charles 11 year old sister has donated 5£ of her pocket money. Charles also gave up his olympic tickets to see the weightlifting to go on this cycle. Many thanks and again please pass this on to all that you know.

The Exeter University Heroes who cycled 4500 kms for charity. Worth your support? Real heroes


Thirteen Exeter university students have given up a summer vacation to cycle from london to Istanbul for Help for Heroes, a charity that supports wounded soldiers. Today they arrived back at Heathrow to what can only be described as a heroes welcome by their families and friends. Terminal 5 might not have seen such a noise for some while. they have cycled 4500 kms and really deserve our admiration.

 

This is what I wrote a month ago.

 

A week ago on 26th July 13 students from the University of Exeter commenced a 4500km cycle to Istanbul. Why? To support Help for Heroes. Many of these students had just completed their degree and graduated 2 weeks before. Somehow they found time to train,organise and generally prepare for this strenous trip. Aside from the obvious physical aspects there were numerous other planning aspects to consider. For example how to spend as little as possible on the trip, as this would reduce the sponsorship amounts for the charity. So, they spend most nights in tents and some nights in cheap hostels. The van they were donated is not of the Formula 1 category and rather like a beached whale is not deemed well enough to migrate the Alps, so will go around and meet the cyclists on the other side. To date they have reached Lyons and are having a well deserved rest day. My son Charles Bushe texted that he had spent a good day but things like washing needed to be done. They will have finished and be back in UK on September 8th. They deserve as much support as is possible. Even if you can only donate £1 then please do so and also importantly please pass on this message so that others can donate.

They are all good folks and already it is clear that they have bonded well together and are supporting each other when needed. For example the first day of their cycle down to Folkestone the temperature was well into the 30′s C, and there were obvious heat problems. A couple of them have had minor injuries such as a fall and tendonitis but they all keep going.

The links are below.

http://www.justgiving.com/Charles-Bushe

Charles bushe

Heroes returning Exeter Uni[gallery columns="1" orderby="ID"]

Cycling from London to Istanbul for Charity. Please support these students!


A week ago on 26th July 13 students from the University of Exeter commenced a 4500km cycle to Istanbul. Why? To support Help for Heroes. Many of these students had just completed their degree and graduated 2 weeks before. Somehow they found time to train,organise and generally prepare for this strenous trip. Aside from the obvious physical aspects there were numerous other planning aspects to consider. For example how to spend as little as possible on the trip, as this would reduce the sponsorship amounts for the charity. So, they spend most nights in tents and some nights in cheap hostels. The van they were donated is not of the Formula 1 category and rather like a beached whale is not deemed well enough to migrate the Alps, so will go around and meet the cyclists on the other side. To date they have reached Lyons and are having a well deserved rest day. My son Charles Bushe texted that he had spent a good day but things like washing needed to be done. They will have finished and be back in UK on September 8th. They deserve as much support as is possible. Even if you can only donate £1 then please do so and also importantly please pass on this message so that others can donate.

They are all good folks and already it is clear that they have bonded well together and are supporting each other when needed. For example the first day of their cycle down to Folkestone the temperature was well into the 30’s C, and there were obvious heat problems. A couple of them have had minor injuries such as a fall and tendonitis but they all keep going.

The links are below.

http://www.justgiving.com/Charles-Bushe  for Charles

 

for the others they can all be accessed here.

http://www.justgiving.com/teams/London-Istanbul2012

 

So, even if it appears a very small sum of money do please donate and help them to collect a decent sum for Help for Heroes. Do not forget that all the weather we have had here they have had too and have continued to cycle! Even Charles 11 year old sister has donated 5£ of her pocket money. Charles also gave up his olympic tickets to see the weightlifting to go on this cycle. Many thanks and again please pass this on to all that you know.

Charles and his 11 year old sister, who donated £5 of her money!

 

 

 

Charity cycle ride from london to Istanbul by Charles Bushe and Exeter university students


Up at 5 am to get the first train up to london to see Charles Bushe leave on his charity cycle expedition with the Exeter uni team cycling to Istanbul. I am informed that this is 4500km.
Whitehall was deserted and coffee was only obtainable from McDonalds. Loads of army up there ” guarding” the beach volleyball arena. Rather appropriate as the charity that Charles is cycling for is Help for Heroes. An awful train service from First Great western meant that his mother and siblings missed them depart. They waited until the last moment but then at 7.30 am really had to head off from the Cenotaph on their way to Dover.
This is going to be an amazing expedition for them and I suspect that there will be many life learnings on the way. But am I worried? Not at all. why not? Do not know.
If anyone would like to still sponsor them ( a few pounds would be brilliant), then this is the link and also the link to their blog, which allegedly they will update daily. Photos of their deparature follow in an album. Enjoy.

 

http://www.justgiving.com/Charles-Bushe

Help For Heroes


Every so often one of your children does something so surprising that it was beyond the probablity of prediction. In this case 21 yr old son who during his 3 years at Exeter University has become head of their charity operations was successful in obtaining a place in the Bike ride London to Istanbul in aid of Help for Heroes. My small job is to try and get as much sponsorship for him as possible. Hence this post.

In short why not click here and donate something. Does not matter how small.http://www.justgiving.com/Charles-Bushe

This is his description of what he is doing.

 

My name is Charles and i am a student at the University of Exeter. I am part of a team of 14 cyclists who are going to cycle over 4,400 km, through the heat of the summer, across Europe from London to Istanbul.  Although some people may suggest we are mad to attempt it, we are doing it for a very worthwhile cause.

We are raising money for ‘Help for Heroes’ charity and aim to raise at least £20,000. I stress that this is our minimum aim, as we hope to raise as much as possible and hopefully much more than this. We will be raising approximately 34p per cyclist, per km.
We will be cycling around 120km every day, and going through 8 different countries before eventually reaching our desination in Turkey.
We are in the process of raising money by doing a multitude of events; for example in the next few weeks alone we have a 100 hour cycle, many evening events, and even a team leg wax! However the money we hope to raise is a large sum and as such we would much appreciate any money that people are willing to donate.
Any sponsorship that you could donate would be much appreciated not only by myself, but by the entire team and the charity itself! The link below is to my ‘justgiving’ page and as such goes straight to the charity.

http://www.justgiving.com/Charles-Bushe

If you would like to find out more about our trip then visit our website at:
Thank you,
Charles Bushe
University of Exeter RAG International Event Team Member 2011-2012
University of Exeter RAG Hitch-Hike Coordinator 2011-2012

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