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Marathon fundraising effort gathers momentum

PUBLISHED: 16:48 06 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:19 20 February 2013

Marathon fundraising effort gathers momentum

Marathon fundraising effort gathers momentum

A team of volunteers from the Somerset-based disaster relief and school in a bag charity the Piers Simon Appeal (PSA) has successfully completed a gruelling 250 mile charity cycle challenge.

A team of volunteers from the Somerset-based disaster relief and school in a bag charity the Piers Simon Appeal (PSA) has successfully completed a gruelling 250 mile charity cycle challenge. Twenty intrepid riders set off from Chilthorne Domer and peddled all the way to Paris, successfully reaching the Eiffel Tower and raising vital funds for the charity.



Among the cyclists displaying an impressive level of endurance was Luke Simon, Charity Liaison Officer at the PSA. As a support van driver on the way there, Luke then joined four others to cycle from the base camp in Versailles back to the ferry port in Caen on Easter Monday completing the distance of 140 miles in 10.5 hours in time to get the 16.30 ferry. The week before, Luke took part in the 26 mile London Marathon finishing in four hours and eight minutes. Joining Luke in London and raising money for the PSA was fellow fundraiser, Lee Doble he pipped Luke to the post with a time of four hours one minute.



Luke comments, The charity cycle challenge was a fantastic event for many reasons the riders who took part really embraced the spirit of the event working together to get everybody to the Eiffel Tower whilst, within the group, we had the perfect team members to help the logistics of the whole trip run seamlessly. To top all this we were blessed with weather conditions more akin to August, which made arriving in Paris a real joy. All in all, the fundraising challenge was a privilege to be part of and an honour to organise. In fact, plans are already being conceived for an England-Wales-Ireland-Wales-England PSA charity cycle challenge in 2012!



The cycle and the marathon are the forerunners for the biggest fundraising event in the PSA calendar the main event is the popular show-stopping annual music spectacular the Home Farm Fest. The festival is a three day event kicking-off on June 10.



This rocking charity fundraiser is a must for all music lovers who enjoy al fresco live music performed by a spectrum of musical talent. The toe-tapping event is held at Home Farm, Chilthorne Domer. Friday night will be the classical Posh Frock and Wellies evening starring opera singer Belinda Evans. Headlining on Saturday night will be local indie rock band from Yeovil The Helm. The event culminates in a cacophony of tunes hitting the right note with a chilled out Sunday afternoon line up being headlined by Storm who will be making their sixth Home Farm Fest appearance.



To get your hands on tickets for this years Home Farm Music Festival visit http://www.homefarmfest.co.uk/



PSA is a charity that supports victims of disasters worldwide through its Disaster Relief and School in a Bag scheme. It was set up at the beginning of 2005 in memory of tsunami victim Piers Simon from Chilthorne Domer, Yeovil, who died on the Thai island of Koh Phi Phi on Boxing Day 2004. To date, the PSA has raised over 400,000 supporting disasters victims in 12 countries. Through its School in a Bag initiative, the charity has given hope for the future to over 34,500 vulnerable, orphaned and disaster affected children worldwide.


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