On the 27th of August 2017 the lives of Sam Beecroft (then aged 20) and his family changed forever. While travelling to work on his motorbike he was involved in a freak accident. A bird flew up from the side of the road, hitting him on the helmet, knocking him off the road and into a fence. The resulting injury, attended by the Great North Air Ambulance, was a 'T3' breaking of the spine and crushing of the spinal cord leaving left Sam paralysed from the chest down and a permanent wheelchair user.
The Sam Beecroft Trust was set up to enable him to undertake modifications to his home to facilitate independant living and to secure his future while he adapts to life in a wheelchair.
After meeting our original £100,000 fundraising target at the end of the 2015 challenge (effectively bringing the rides to an end) it was decided to carry on in 2018 and support both Sam and the Great North Air Ambulance.
Day 1 Exeter to Bristol
Day 2 Bristol to Shrewsbury
Day 3 Shrewsbury to Preston
Day 4 Preston to Penrith
Day 5 Penrith to Morpeth via Hartside Pass
22,500ft of climbing
489 miles cycled
4 support crew
£7,371 divided between the Sam Beecroft Trust and the Great North Air Ambulance