Meet the riders taking on the 2019 Riding4Dreams London to Paris challenge.
“Each year hundreds of people volunteer to make this trip happen. In addition to the fund raisers who support raising the £1,000,000 needed to make the single 10 day visit to Florida, there is a small army of Consultant Specialists, Doctors, Nurses and 110 escorts required to take the 192 children and 5 tonnes of medical supplies and equipment to Disneyland, Orlando.” Nick Moore
If you would like to join the team please contact us via our Facebook page here.
I first got involved with Dreamflight via my good friend Katie Elliot from British Airways around 7 years ago and I have found little before, more rewarding in my life, than doing my part to help these children, who, in many cases, are on their first proper holiday. It is an absolute honour to play a part to give the children something special and it humbles me each year I go on the trip, to see the smiles and laughter despite the troubles they have on their individual journeys through life. It always makes me realise how fortunate I am that my Son grew up healthy and into a fine able young man. Please sponsor our team and help us smash the £10K target.
I attended my first Dreamflight Ball as a guest in 2014 and cried through most of the evening, being thankful for my own children’s health and well being but also realising that these kids do need help. As most of us I soon forgot and attended the ball again in 2018, same experience but a new outlook. What can I do to help? With that in mind and with a great bunch of likeminded friends I have adopted Dreamflight as my chosen charity in my personal life and likewise in business life and we shall challenge ourselves every year to raise funds for this wonderful charity.
When I was first volunteered for this challenge in my absence (thanks Chris M), I wasn’t sure I was capable of doing it given my previous cycling experience had been going on riverside pub crawls on sunny days. The more I thought about the cause the more I realised I couldn’t not do it, the opportunity to give Dreamflight children similar memories to those I made with own daughters was a challenge I couldn’t turn down.
I first became aware of the Dreamflight charity a few years ago by supporting their charity ball with a new canoe from our shop to auction… as I began to understand the huge difference, they make to changing the lives of so many less fortunate children I did not hesitate, daunting as it is, to join this latest crusade…
There I was, one rainy morning in January planning a business trip to see all my friends on the Thames when I pulled into TBS Penton Hook to see Chris Manners. Within a few seconds of walking in the door Chris had pointed out that I liked cycling and would I like to join him in riding from London to Paris for Dreamflight. After I had picked myself up off the floor at Chris telling me he was into cycling, I immediately answered ‘yes’ and the rest is history. Thanks Chris, this will be a great event for a great cause and apologies to Joe and Chris (Cooper) for dragging them along with us.
Nicolas Serra Walker
After spending a whole boat show with Chris M explaining me the great things that Dreamflight does with a shine in his eyes I was sold. Plus I’m the lucky foreign member of the team that gets to train for the event in Mallorca. Looking forward to the ride and raising as much money we can.
The training miles will be hard but made all the easier knowing we will be bringing smiles to the faces of children who otherwise suffer from pain and discomfort in their lives. Looking forward to combining my entry into cycling with this charity fundraiser ride to Paris.
I discovered a love of road cycling in 2017 quite by accident. In truth I needed a lifestyle change, very unfit and significantly over weight. I’m sure friends and colleagues in the marine industry would confirm my weakness for a pint and a hearty meal! I’m blessed with two healthy children and a deep desire to see them grow up. I’d taken my good health for granted for many years and was heading for catastrophe! Then came cycling and things turned around. When Paul Knox Johnston and Chris Mannors explained the aim of this ride, the aim of Dreamflight I couldn’t say no! Please support our effort by sponsoring our riders. Every pound helps us bring joy to children far less fortunate than our own.
My poor timing has always gotten me into trouble and making the mistake of calling Chris M when he was busy scheming with PKJ was no exception and I now find myself cycling for 4 days to Paris! Dreamflight does amazing things and helps create amazing memories for those who really need it, as such I am proud to also be doing something amazing to help. Not sure the memories will be ones I will want to remember!”
After under taking a number of cycling events and being a keen cyclist I was asked by Mark & Chris to help them with their training on their cycle ride from London To Pairs for Dreamfight. After hearing about this trip and why they were undertaking this in support of the Dreamflight charity I asked if I could join, to help raise money and make a difference in children lives.
After asking Chris Manners whether the rumours were true about him cycling to Paris from London it soon became apparent that he was as he proceeded to tell me about the charity ‘Dreamflight’ which he was clearly very passionate about. It was at that moment I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. Any sponsorship raised will directly benefit and enhance the lives of many children living with a serious illness or disability and help to make their dreams come true.
The much needed support crew!