2020 marked 10 years since Giles Evans embarked on the very first Toon To Town Challenge, a solo effort covering 420 miles from Newcastle to Lanelli.
Unfortunately circumstances dicated that we had to postpone the anniversary ride until this year. 2021 will be our 8th cycle challenge. Our original plan had been to ride from Ipswich to Newcastle during the week commencing 21st June and was in an advanced stage of planning.
However, with the uncertainty around COVID guidance and the lifting of restrictions, it was decided that a shorter more 'local' route should be found, leading us to decide to ride the Coast to Coast cycle route.
All of these charities and mean a lot to us as a group and we will be finalising all our fundraising at a Black Tie Dinner on Saturday 9th October 2021.
Our nominated charities for 2021 will be:
The impetus for Giles to complete the first Toon To Town Challenge in 2010 was to raise money for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation following the loss of a close friend to cancer.
We will be fundraising for The Teenage Cancer Trust who operate units at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle and at The Freeman Hospital supporting 13-24 year olds in our region.
We are supporting the provision of a dementia lounge funded by Newcastle Hospitals Charity offering a calm and relaxed environment for patients, their families and carers based on Ward 22 at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
We will forever be indebted to the Great North Air Ambulance for the assistance provided to Sam Beecroft following a horrendous motorcycle accident in 2017.
Since 2010 we have cycled over 3,000 miles and raised over £111,000 for charities including The Ray Gravelle and Friends Charitable Trust, Help 4 Heroes, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Iestyn Thomas Benefit Year, Stroke Association, Pituitary Foundation, Alzheimers Society, Prostate Cancer UK, The Brain Tumour Trust , Ready for Home Rehabilitation Fund, Claire House Children's Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice , The Sam Beecroft Trust and The Great North Air Ambulance.
A small selection of kind word from some of the people we have helped over the years
Phoenix House Catterick, via Twitter
"A HUGE thank you #toontotown team for all you've done for Help For Heroes over the years. Your generous suport has made a difference"
Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, via Twitter
"Congratulations and thanks to toontotown and all the toontotown riders! You've all done us and Help for Heroes very proud"
Great North Air Ambulance, via Twitter
"Amazing! Thank you for your support"
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In 2010 when Giles Evans had the idea to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in memory of a close family friend, he could not have imagined that eleven years and £111,000 later The Toon To Town Challenge would still be going...
The Toon To Town Black Tie Dinner has over the years become an institution in it's own right. This year's dinner will be held at 7pm on October 9th at the Holiday Inn Seaton Burn. A very limited number of tickets are still available for the event...
On 23rd March 2020 Connor Todd was diagnosed with a Central Nervous System, Medullablastoma brain tumour.
Connor has set a goal to walk 20 miles in March and we are immensely proud that he has chosen us as one of the beneficiaries of his fundraising activities...
As you will all remember, Connors Run 4 Cancer was fundraising for Toon to Town during his challenge.
Today we met with Connor, his mum Claire , Liz from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Ruth from the Great North Air Ambulance at St James Park, as Connor presented a cheque to us for an amazing £8,070...
Since 2010 we have raised over £111,000 for charities, but we did not do this alone. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us over the years.