Hero’s Welcome For Super Bike Duo
Hero’s Welcome For Super Bike Duo
Pair cycle 3,000 to raise over £13,300 for Hampshire charity
Enham Trust welcomed home two fundraising champions with a celebratory welcome home party at the Charity’s head office on Friday, 18th November to mark their outstanding achievement - cycling 3,000 miles across America to raise over £13,300 for the Hampshire based disability charity.
The two keen cyclists started their adventure in Vancouver, Canada in August and finished the astonishing cycle ride in Washington DC, just a week ago, covering off 3,000 miles and exceeding their original fundraising goal of £6,000.
Enham Trust will be welcoming the two men home from Winchester, Sam Macdonald-Smith, 21 and Ed Lea, 23, brother of Enham Trust resident Izzy, 27, with drinks, cake, and party games.
Enham Trust’s Events Fundraiser, Rachel Coombs, said: “Sam and Ed should be incredibly proud of themselves, what an achievement! They both completed the cycle, unsupported, carrying their own equipment, food, water and bare essentials.
We're overwhelmed with the lengths they both went to raise money for Enham Trust and the £13,300 is far more than we expected. It’ll make such a difference and will allow us to continue on with supporting those likes Ed’s sister Izzy, who need help the most. We cannot wait to give the boys the hero’s welcome they deserve!
Both Ed and Sam have described the trip as an amazing experience that has created memories to last a lifetime. Ed said: “Sam and I had such an incredible time cycling around America; we met some awesome people and saw some incredible sights. It really was a trip of a lifetime and we got to raise such a large amount of money for a really great charity that has done so much for my sister, Izzy.
“We had quite a few highlights during the trip, one being our naked-mile! We were in Montana and hit one of the straightest, emptiest roads, which made this section of the trip a little boring. Ed and I never settle for boredom. The road was so quiet, the sun had gone down, next thing I know Ed turned to me and said: I think it’s time. Next thing I know we’re cycling through Montana with just a helmet on! It was great feeling being able to tick the naked mile off the bucket list!”
As Ed and Sam embarked on their state-side adventure, disabled resident Izzy, supported her brother’s efforts by cycling 30 miles herself on an accessible bike supported by the care team at Enham Trust.
By completing this unique, transatlantic challenge the trio has raised an impressive amount for the Trust who support over 7,500 disabled and disadvantaged people each year to gain independence, choice, and control in the cornerstone areas of their lives.
If you would like to donate to Ed, Sam, and Izzy’s cycling challenge, please visit:
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