For the THIRD consecutive year, the BEEP Doctors Cycle Challenge is set to take place, as a group of enthusiastic cyclists prepares for a sponsored 260-mile ride around the picturesque landscapes of Cumbria. Their noble cause is to raise funds for the dedicated team of volunteer doctors who perform life-saving work in the region, under the banner of BEEP Doctors (BASICS) Cumbria.
The primary objectives of the ride are to raise awareness of the vital work carried out by the Beep Doctors, gather financial support for the charity, and shine a spotlight on the areas they serve. Dr. Theo Weston, the founder and chair of Beep Doctors Cumbria, will be among those participating in this cycling challenge.
Excitement and camaraderie abound as the group aims to cover approximately 50-60 miles per day. Kicking off from the Beep Doctors’ headquarters at the NFU building in Cromwell Road, Penrith, on Friday, August 18, the cyclists will embark on an exhilarating journey. On the first day, they will pedal through the picturesque Eden Valley, ascend to Aisgill Summit and Garsdale Head, and finally arrive at Sedbergh, where they’ll find accommodations in a welcoming bed and breakfast.
Day two is anticipated to be quite challenging, with plenty of ups and downs. The route will lead them to Kendal for a well-deserved lunch break, then onwards through Levens and Grange-over-Sands to Ulverston. The third day will take them to the scenic Broughton-in-Furness and up to the captivating moors around Ulpha, offering breathtaking views of the Lake District and the Langdales. The day will conclude with a warm reception from the West Lakes Rotary Club, ardent supporters of the Beep Doctors, in Gosforth.
Day four presents a picturesque coastal ride, passing through Whitehaven, Workington, Maryport, and finally arriving at Silloth. The concluding day will be an impressive 70-80 mile journey back to Penrith, following as closely as possible the boundary of the county, as a representation of the extensive coverage provided by Beep Doctors across Cumbria.
The participants include Dr. Weston, Rob Douglas (a member of West Lakes Rotary Club), and Jen Turnbull, a fortunate patient whose foot was saved from a severe ankle injury after being attended to by Dr. Weston and the Beep Doctors. For the first three days, they will be joined by Tim Taylor, a member of The Wednesday Wheelers, an informal group of cyclists in the Penrith area.
The group will be accompanied by supportive individuals, such as Rob’s wife Valerie in a camper van offering refreshments, and Dr. Weston’s wife Michelle, in a car equipped with spare tires and other cycling essentials.
This annual ride marks the third occasion in support of the Beep Doctors. During the journey, the team will distribute informative materials and engage with people along the route to raise awareness of the charity’s crucial work and promote their summer fundraising raffle.
As they embark on this charitable endeavor, the Beep Doctors are seeking sponsorships from companies, inviting interested parties to contact them via email@example.com. Individuals who wish to contribute can do so on the Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/beep-cycle-ride-2023.
The life-saving efforts of BEEP Doctors Cumbria require over £150,000 annually to sustain operations, relying heavily on donations and fundraising events to fulfill their noble mission.