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WheelPower are appealing for more people to fundraise for them

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 9:29am 8th February 2019. 4-minute read.

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Entries are now open for this year's Mix96 Tour De Vale charity bike ride.

WheelPower, The National Charity for Wheelchair Sport, based in Buckinghamshire, are appealing for people to fundraise for them. 

It comes as a recent survey by WheelPower, shows that only 7% of people who took part in the Mix96 Tour De Vale Charity Bike Ride last year raised any sponsorship for the Charity by taking part.   

Jo Hall, Mix96 Tour De Vale Charity Bike Ride Organiser at WheelPower comments:

"Of course, we want as many people as possible to take part and have fun, but we equally want people to remember that it is a Charity funded event, and WheelPower relies on participants’ sponsorship and donations to continue our work of helping disabled children and adults to take part in sport."

"It’s a great community event and we’re really excited to see everyone getting on their bikes on Sunday 9 June 2019 doing their bit for a worthwhile cause.

"There’ll be medals for everyone who crosses the finish line and cyclists will be able to clock their personal best!"

Last year, the bike ride raised just over £56,000 for WheelPower across 1,556 cyclists.

However, the challenge is on to beat this amount in 2019.

Entries can be made here

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WheelPower want to raise more money from the event this year

Previous participant, Ben Potton, from Leighton Buzzard, aged 10 years old, who took part in the bike ride last year comments:

"This was my first organised cycle event, and I enjoyed being part of it. It was a great sense of achievement when I crossed the finish line!"

Ben was one of Mix96 Tour De Vale Charity Bike Rides’ highest fundraisers in the junior category, raising £335 for WheelPower, enabling the Charity to further transform the lives of disabled people through sport.

Funds from the Mix96 Tour De Vale Bike Ride have help support some of WheelPower’s biggest accessible sporting events throughout each year such as the Inter-Spinal Unit Games, National Junior Games, and Primary & Junior Sports Camps.

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The money raised for WheelPower transforms lives

54 -year-old John Bowen was declared dead at the scene as a result of a heart attack and subsequently falling from a 20-foot ladder.

He was resuscitated by a passing midwife and GP before being taken to hospital by paramedics. As a result of the fall, he suffered a spinal cord injury and is unbelievably grateful to be fit and well enough to have been able to compete in WheelPower’s Inter-Spinal Unit Games last year.

John commented about his experience, which would not have been made possible if not for the generous donations of the Charity bike ride participants at Mix96 Tour De Vale:

"It wasn’t just a little buzz, it was massive, and left me with a lovely swirly feeling, it did me a lot of good!

"I would really like to take part in more sporting events like this, I hope there will be an opportunity for me to do this again."

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