A 24-HOUR ‘spin’ event in a studio near Farnham managed to raise nearly £6,000 for robbiesrally, a charity dedicated to providing specialist medical professionals to help children with brain tumours at Southampton Hospital.
The charity was set up by Edgeborough School boy Robbie Keville prior to his premature death from cancer in 2015, aged just 10, and Robbie’s father Mark, sister Lara and grandmother Sue all took part in the day-long ‘robbiesreallylongride’ event in support of the charity close to their hearts.
The event, which saw over 160 spinners pedalling day and night keeping the wheels turning on seven bikes, was a real coming together of the community to raise money for a very special cause.
With fancy dress from Scooby Doo’s to flamingos and silly hats, spinners of all ages turned out in force with local teams - Aldershot & Farnham Ladies Hockey Club, Dexy’s Midnight Spinners, Bourne Blades U10s and Edgeborough School year fives - all taking part.
They were backed by over 150 supporters with cakes, biscuits and refreshments, with a special mention to Katie’s Kitchen in Farnham for providing some much-needed energy protein balls to help keep the spinners going.
Even in the early hours they all continued to spin, with Downing Street business Clare Laughland Interiors boldly taking on the morning shift.
Jo Evans, one of the organisers said: “Every team that turned up kept us going. The atmosphere was amazing, nothing like we expected.”
With an original target of £2,000 everyone involved has to be proud of the efforts by the spinners, donators, supporters - and of course the commendable efforts from the organisers Jo Evans and Floss Hornett.