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Settle Scout leader Chris Maudsley in Lands End to John O’Groats fundraiser
10:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A scout volunteer from Settle is taking on the “Holy Grail” of cycle rides to raise money for his group.
Chris Maudsley, of Knight Stainforth campsite, set off on Monday to cycle from one end of the country to the other – a distance of 1,500km on a tricycle to raise money for improved facilities at the scout headquarters in Settle.
His Lands End to John O’Groats ride should take around two weeks and coincides with the Scouts nationwide C3 Challenge.
And half way into his journey – tomorrow and Saturday – he will stop off in Settle, where he will be joined by younger members of the scouting community.
“I felt I had to do this trip while I still could,” said Chris.
“We need to raise money for a disabled ramp access ramp and improve toilets at my scout headquarters in Settle.
“It is vital that scouting opportunities are available to everyone. The ramp is important to allow disabled people to enjoy the wonderful activities and fun scouting offers.”
He added: “Land’s End to John O’Groats is considered the Holy Grail of cycle rides and I managed to talk my wife into letting me have two weeks off work, so it’s now or never.”
Most of his overnight stays will be with scouting families and although he will be joined for some of the time by friends, most of his journey will be solo.
“I’m told that the worst part will be the first three days coming out of Cornwall and Devon where there are a lot of hills,” he said.
The C3 Challenge encourages Scout groups across North Yorkshire to raise awareness of their activities and do their bit for their communities.
The week, which will run from September 30 to October 6, will give scouts the opportunity to bond with their communities by doing one thing to help support their area.
It is also hoped that the week will encourage more adult volunteers to get involved in scouting to satisfy a recent increase in demand – there are currently more than 1,000 young people across the county waiting to join a group.
Sarah Dawson, senior leader for North Yorkshire Scouts, said: “The C3 Challenge Week gives scouts the opportunity to do their bit for the local community and raise awareness of all the great things about scouting, and it’s great to see so many groups like Settle taking part.”
Anyone who would like to show their support for Chris and his efforts or to join as a volunteercan email him at email@example.com or telephone him on 01729 822802.