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Paul & Rich Saddle Up To Raise Funds For Zoe's Place in Bonnie Scotland
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Paul & Rich Saddle Up To Raise Funds For Zoe's Place in Bonnie Scotland

Published date: 14 May 2021

Paul & Rich Saddle Up To Raise Funds For Zoe's Place in Bonnie Scotland

Paul Markham and Richard Vasey are gearing up to take on the challenge of a lifetime!


On the 17th May Paul & Rich will be testing their metal by cycling the North Coast 500 - a circular route from Inverness Castle round the Scottish Coast and Highlands, finishing back at Inverness. The route will take in some breath-taking scenery along the way but with 500miles to travel and an elevation of 37,000ft its most certainly going to be a tough ride for the duo. 


Paul and Rich are no strangers to tough challenges being cycling and hiking enthusiasts, but throw in the unpredictable UK weather and being completely unsupported aiming to finish the challenge in 4 and a half days this event will most certainly push their limits. The dynamic duo will be on their bikes for over 13 hours each day!


On setting up their online fundraising page they hoped to raise £1,500. With just a week to go before the start of the event they have already exceeded that thanks to the generosity of their friends, family and a donation in support of the event from 2M Group of Companies.


Both Paul and Rich live local to Zoë’s Place. On visiting the hospice with Richards father and Zoë's Place Patron comedian Roy Chubby Brown they were keen to find out about the challenges Zoë’s Place have faced but also the journey that lies ahead for the hospice. Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice based in Middlesbrough provides vital respite and end of life care for babies from birth to five years old in a home from home environment. Without the support of the services that they provide many of its families would be without this specialised care.


During 2021 going into 2022 it will cost Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice approximately £1 million to keep its doors open and without the generosity from the local community, its businesses and individuals such as Paul and Rich taking part in sponsored challenges the doors to Zoë’s Place would have to close.  Every penny raised from the North Coast 500 will go towards supporting the services that the hospice offers to it babies and their families from across the North East.


If anyone can spare a donation towards their fundraising it would be very much appreciated – every penny raised will make such a difference.

Wishing Paul & Richard the very best of luck and we cannot wait to see some of their pictures along the way!

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