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The Arctic Rider Takes on New Alaska Challenge

Gordon Stuart

Gordon Stuart

When Cerebra Ambassador Gordon Stuart first started his Arctic Rider project, he couldn’t have imagined the distances he would cover and the huge amount of money he would go on to raise for Cerebra and other charities close to his heart.

He first started The Arctic Rider project as a way of using his passion for motorbikes to help raise money and awareness for Cerebra, Tiny Lives Trust and One Young World – all of which Gordon is an Ambassador and an avid fundraiser for.

He was soon setting himself motorbike related challenges as a way of raising funds and also keeping his growing army of loyal followers up to date with his exploits through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube .

In 2014, Gordon rode 6,000 miles solo to Nordkapp in the Arctic Circle and back, raising over £5,000 for Cerebra. This first challenge was known as ‘Arctic Ride 2014’.

In 2016, he continued by completing the UK ‘Iron Butt Challenge’, riding the length of the UK from Lands End to John O’Groats in under 24 hours. Gordon completed the ride in 18 hours raising over £1,600 for Tiny Lives Trust.

Gordon’s next challenge has been dubbed ‘Arctic Ride Alaska’ – an attempt to ride the length of Alaska from Anchorage in the South to Prudhoe Bay in far North Alaska, deep inside the Arctic Circle. This will require Gordon to conquer the notorious ‘James W. Dalton Highway’, which is often cited as one of the world’s most dangerous roads due to its remoteness, road quality and demanding weather.

The Dalton is a 414 mile stretch of mostly gravel road which was designed as a supply road to support the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline, which runs parallel to it. It is one of the world’s most remote roads with only 3 towns and 3 fuel sops along the entire stretch.

Gordon is hoping that through this challenge, he can prove that an ‘average road rider’ can conquer the Dalton.

Gordon will be taking on the Arctic Ride Alaska challenge in summer 2018 and will be raising money for both Cerebra and The Tiny Lives Trust. You can donate through his Virgin Money Giving page.

You can keep up to date with Gordon’s progress as he prepares for the challenge through his blog.


John Prepares to Take on Mountain Challenge

John Boyd

John Boyd

John Boyd is preparing to tackle Wales’ highest mountain in order to raise money for Cerebra.

The 48 year-old hairdresser from Stroud will be taking part in the “Man vs Mountain” challenge which involves running up and down Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain. It’s a full day challenge, covering 22 miles with jumping and swimming obstacles along the way. Definitely not for the faint hearted!

John said: “This is one of the toughest challenges of my life! Knowing the money I raise will be used to improve the lives of children with brain injuries throughout the UK is the best part of all. Cerebra makes a real difference to the lives of children and families they work with.”

John will be taking part in his challenge on 4th September and you can sponsor him through his Just Giving page.

If you would like to find out more about how you can take part in a similar event to raise money for Cerebra, please contact jessicat@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 244222.

Will You be Part of Our 50 Schools Challenge?

With more than 500,000 children in the UK living with a brain condition, the chances are that we all know someone whose life is affected by autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome or one of many other conditions.

This September we’re asking for your help to give families the support that they need. We’re looking for 50 schools to join in our fundraising challenge and raise money to help support children with a brain condition.

What will your school do?

Dress down days, cake sales, sponsored events, theme days… The choice is yours!

Win a trip to the House of Lords!

Representatives from the school which raises the most money will be invited to join as at our prestigious Charity Reception at the House of Lords on 26th October. Could it be your school?

To sign up to our challenge contact us at give@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 244216.

Cerebra is a charity giving families who have a child with a brain condition the chance to find a better life together. For every challenge, there’s an answer out there. Let’s discover it together.

Sign up to our challenge today!

Staff at Shaping Futures Day Nursery during their dress up day

Staff at Shaping Futures Day Nursery during their dress up day

The first school to join our 50 Schools Challenge is Shaping Futures Day Nursery who held a dressing up day to raise money for us.

Will you be the next school to join the challenge?

Raft Race to Raise Awareness

The raft being constructed

The CIC team building the raft

On Sunday 20th of July a team from children’s charity Cerebra will be taking to the waters of the river Towy to raise money for children with neurological conditions in the Carmarthen Raft Race.

Bran Bucca, Ben Jones, Jamie Pitman, Lee Herbert, Amy Jones and Amy Watler-Thomas from the charity’s fundraising department and Ross Head and Dan Cuthbertson from their Innovation Centre will be sailing on a raft put together by the Innovation team.

Cerebra’s Innovation Centre, based at the University of Wales Trinity St.David in Swansea, adapts and designs specialist equipment for families who wouldn’t normally be able to afford or even find what they need.

Some of the most successful designs of the CIC team in the past include trikes, writing slopes, trolley seats and, most recently, an adapted fish tank that meant a little boy with Down syndrome could safely watch his pet fish.

The Innovation Centre is just one of many services Cerebra provides, funded entirely by generous supporters. The charity also gives direct, ongoing help to families and funds important research into conditions.

The raft race will start at 12:45pm, with teams from all over competing as part of the annual river festival. Come along and support Cerebra – keep your fingers crossed for our team!

Carmarthen Slimmer’s 10k Challenge

Sarah Jones preparing for 10k race

Sarah Jones preparing for 10k race

A Cerebra slimmer has dropped nearly six stone and is getting ready to embark on a gruelling 10K run in aid of children with neurological conditions.

Sarah Marie Jones started her slimming journey last year and in little over 12 months has lost five stone eleven pounds. Encouraged by work colleagues as well as friends in the slimming group she attends, Sarah gradually began to shed the pounds and see the health benefits that come with losing weight.

“At my start weight, I struggled to do the simplest things,” Sarah explained, “I even struggled to get off the sofa and I knew then that I had to do something about it.” As she started to approach a healthier weight, she started to go to the gym to tone and improve her fitness levels and was offered the opportunity of running the British London 10K on July 13th. “At first I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to run but I wanted to give myself a bit of a challenge to prove how far I’ve come,” she continued.

As well running to challenge herself, Sarah is also using the opportunity to raise funds for Cerebra. She is hoping to raise £500 to help improve the lives of families affected by neurological conditions.

You can follow Sarah’s progress and her own frank account of her training through her blog:www.runmyselfskinny.blogspot.co.uk .

If you would like to donate, you can visit her Just Giving site at www.justgiving.com/runmyselfskinny .

Three Peaks 2014

The team reach the top of one of the peaks

A photo at the top!

A team from the DVLA in Swansea will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Cerebra.

Jason Thrupp, Noel Husband, Stephen Hartnoll, Matthew Bromham and Andrew Jones will be tackling the UK’s highest mountains – Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis.

Their challenge starts on Friday 4th of July at 5pm when they set off from Swansea, ending Saturday 5th of July at 5pm. They’ll be joined by their driving support team of Ian Irvine and Peter Truscott-Stroud.

The DVLA boys have already completed the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge last year, scaling Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen Y Fan.

The team have a real challenge on their hands, with Snowdon measuring 1085m, Scafell Pike 978m and Ben Nevis reaching 1344m – all to be completed in 24 hours.

Everyone at Cerebra wishes the DVLA team good luck.