The Toon to Town Challenge is the brainchild of Giles Evans. In 2010 Giles decided to organise a charity ride from Newcastle (the Toon) to his home town of Llanelli' (the Town). This solo maiden ride was planned after Giles lost a good family friend to Cancer. Giles cycled the 420 mile route over a 5 day period, raising money for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
During the same year Tim Mayland had completed a 350 mile charity cycle ride through France in aid of Help for Heroes, called the Big Battlefield Bike ride. Both Giles and Tim swapped tales and formulated a plan for the 2011 event. This saw a change of route and a total of six riders completed the challenge. The route (beginning at Newcastle again) ended at Parc Y Scarlets, the home of the Scarlets rugby team in Llanelli and funds were raised for their nominated charity the Ray Gravelle and Friends charitable trust.
In the decade since 2011 we have seen the group expand, through interest generated by the previous rides and fundraising events supporting a variety of charities. In total we have now raised over £111,000.
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"