Youth charity, The Prince’s Trust is challenging an army of cyclists to get on their bikes in the largest mass participation event of its kind in the history of The Trust, scheduled for September 7, 2008.
The Palace to Palace bike ride – from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle – aims to raise thousands of pounds to give hundreds of disadvantaged young people the skills and confidence to find jobs.
Last year, the event saw 2,000 people cycling almost 100,000 miles to help disadvantaged young people with The Prince’s Trust, with tickets selling out in just eight weeks. Palace to Palace has raised £200,000 over the past two years.
Participants will take an attractive 45-mile route along the River Thames and through three royal parks: Richmond Park, Bushy Park and Windsor Great Park. They will be pampered with a range of treats at the finish, before relaxing with family and friends in the stunning grounds of Windsor Castle. A specially arranged coach will be offered to take cyclists and their bikes back to London.
“Palace to Palace was a thoroughly fantastic experience,” said one cyclist from last year’s event. “Cycling along the Thames and Richmond Park was beautiful – and even the deer were there to watch! Most importantly, it was brilliant to be able to help such a worthwhile cause.”
Julian Barrell, Director of Fundraising, The Prince’s Trust said: “Palace to Palace has been hugely successful over the past two years – and we’re determined to make this year the best one yet! With the public’s support, the event will play its part in helping to raise the one million pounds every week we need to continue our work.”
Cyclists will need to pay a non-refundable £30 registration fee and aim to raise at least £45 sponsorship money – that’s just £1 a mile.
Participants can sign up now at www.princes-trust.org.uk/palace or the Heart 106.2 website www.heart1062.co.uk.