Raleigh Riders complete 320km for James

5th June 2015

At 5am on Saturday morning (May 30th), Charles Sanford and his team of 13 cyclists mounted their bikes in the village of Budleigh Salterton in Devon, the birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh. 320 kilometres later, they arrived at the great explorer’s resting place, St Margaret’s Church in Westminster.

Not only did the team complete this incredible feat in less than 14 hours, they have raised a staggering £26,000 in the process, all in memory of Charles’ brother James Sanford, who passed away three years ago. The funds will be used to build an Early Childhood Development centre in Tanzania, in honour of the work that James carried out on his Raleigh expedition in 2002.

After weeks of preparation, the cyclists gained 2,800 metres in elevation over a 12-hour riding time, and were sore, relieved and very happy on their arrival.

In Tanzania, compulsory free education starts at the age of seven. Before primary education, few children attend pre-school education. Early Childhood Development centres provide a space for up to 200 children whom otherwise would not receive education at such a crucial period of their lives.

We’re so proud that James’ experience whilst on expedition inspired Charles and his team to carry out such a huge undertaking in order to provide an ECD, which will allow the children in that community the best possible start to their education.


Everybody at Raleigh would like to say a huge thank you to Charles and his dedicated team, including Martin Gill, the cycle team leader, as well as Julie Gill and Susan Cusack, who provided invaluable support both for the cycle and the highly successful fundraiser at Kingsmeadow Stadium on May 1st. 


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