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VMI Superheroes - Cycling to Raise £10K for Victims of Landmines - now at £7.9K and 1 ride completed.

VMI Superheroes - Cycling to Raise £10K for Victims of Landmines - now at £7.9K and 1 ride completed.

CYCLING LONDON-AMSTERDAM

CYCLING LONDON-BRISTOL - DONE

We are hoping raise 10K for Victims of Landmines for MAG (Mines Advisory Group) because every day 18 people are maimed/killed by landmines.

It's true - every day 18 people have their lives changed forever and the tragedy is that mostly this affects children, who are just playing.

It is a cruel, capricious act of deliberately maiming/hurting/killing people and in Syria is is becoming worse, with remote controls and fridge doors acting as booby traps in peoples' own homes when they return.

This is a charity whose aims are close to my heart and we are planning 2 events for the Heroes in my company.

We plan on 12-13 August to cycle from VMI's London HQ to the Bristol branch - just over 120 miles in 2 days and then also in on 11-12 September, to cycle from London to Amsterdam, for the start of the international IBC Television symposium.  This 257 mile trip (including ferry crossing) will take us also 2 days and we hope that individuals and companies will give generously.

You are welcome to donate to our cause through JustGiving, or as a company, you can sponsor our ride with a donation and we will include your logo on our team shirts - see below under Corporate Sponsorship.

 

 

I have used Justgiving for a long time and they promise that your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Why I am raising for MAG

Some years ago I read a book called “One Step Beyond” by Chris Moon and it really changed my life.

It was about a marathon runner called Chris Moon who had an interesting life before being blown up by a land mine and losing an arm and a leg.  After he recovered, he continued to run marathons including the fabled “Marathon des Sables” which crosses the Saraha Desert and is accurately described as the toughest footrace on earth.

I was really inspired by his story and grit and also by the horror and inequity of the tragedy that landmines have on so many children who are entirely innocent of the conflicts which they are involved in, that I decided to collect for a mine clearing organisation called MAG.  They work tirelessly all around the world to help the 60 million or so people in conflict zones living in fear of landmines with the solid intention of making the world landmine free by 2020.

Thank you for reading my story, now please help these victims, whose lives were irrevocably changed in an instant.  

Every £10 will make a difference.

 

 

Donate £10 by Mobile Phone

It is now incredibly easy to donate.
To donate £10 (with your gift aid also added)

Text VMIH47 £10 to 70070

 

£200 to become a Corporate Sponsor and put your logo on our shirts. Deadline 27/7/2017

OK, so you don't want to do any riding and you want your company to support the cause...

This is great, as we all are going to be wearing custom Superhero cycle jerseys with all sponsor logos.

Confirmed Sponsors

 

Ride 1: 12-13 August. London-Bristol.  138 miles (223km) - COMPLETED

We rode the 232km off road (which is much harder than on the road) from London to Bristol on the weekend of 12-13 August and this ride in total took us 14 hours to complete and was much harder than it might have been with a strong headwind on the first day and the pounding of the stones made our bums really sore.

So much so, that I cycled out of the saddle for the last 2.5 hours on the final day which was really draining!

We camped half way and arrived in Bristol at 5pm on Sunday to a heroes’ welcome.

See the full Image gallery here

 See the full route here.


If you are interested in taking part next year, then please email Barry 

 

Ride 2: 11-12 September. London-Amsterdam.  265 miles (421km)

This is a more serious ride from VMI's London HQ to the Amsterdam RAI and is for accomplished cyclists only.  

See the full route here.

Day 1: VMI to Felixtowe – 150k (93 miles)

Tuesday night crossing Felixtowe to Hook of Holland: https://www.stenaline.co.uk/book#booking/SailingsFaresByTripType

Day 2: Hook of Holland to Amsterdam (81km)

Presently committed are:

  1. Barry Bassett
  2. Jay O'Dedra

Any cyclists interested in taking part, please email Barry.  You will be expected to raise minimum £200 of sponsorship please. 

VMI Superheroes Justgiving Site

I have used Justgiving for a long time and they promise that your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting

 

 

Barry Bassett, Managing Director, VMI.TV Ltd.  07966 531182

 

Original Details:

Ride 1: 12-13 August. London-Bristol.  131 miles (209km)

This is a ride from VMI's London HQ to the VMI Bristol branch.  It shouldn't be too challenging but for fun, we plan to camp overnight and have a nice barbeque and beers (weather permitting of course!).

Jay follows us in the support vehicle, carrying tents and BBQ, coolbox and beers.

 See the full route here.

Day 1 North Acton - Newbury (Oakley Farm Campsite) 62 miles (100km)

We leave London on Saturday 12th August and ride 65 miles, mostly along a canal tow path.  

Destination: Oakley Farm Caravan Park  Website Penwood Road, Wash Water, Newbury RG20 0LP

We strike camp in the evening and have some fun!.

Day 2. Newbury Campsite - VMI Bristol - 72.8m (116km)

A slightly longer ride which includes the Bristol and Bath disused railway cycle path.

Everyone will be expected to do some fundraising of their own) and above all else, this ride should be a lot of fun.

Getting home – Jay will bring the bikes back to London in the back of his Van and you will probably have to train it back home from Bristol back at your own expense too.

Cost

Presently riding are:

  1. Barry Bassett
  2. Ali Wilson
  3. Moses Fapohunda
  4. Jack Cherrington
  5. Kyle Brackenfield
  6. Jay Patel (in support vehicle)

Any other cyclists interested in taking part, please email Barry.  You will be expected to raise minimum £200 of fundraising.

Article Details

Author: Barry Bassett

Date: 2017-06-03 06:26:56

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VMI Superheroes 8 days ago

We have now crossed the £7,500 threshold and this will make a real difference to the great work that MAG are doing in making the world safer by removing landmines. Also very importantly, we DID complete the 223 KM London to Bristol and I don’t mind admitting that it was harder than I had anticipated. It took us 14 hours to complete and was much harder with a strong headwind on the first day and the pounding of the stones made our bums really sore. So much so, that I cycled out of the saddle for the last 2.5 hours which was really draining! We camped half way and arrived in Bristol at 5pm on Sunday to a heroes welcome. In all, our computers reckon that we burnt 7,500 calories – 1 calorie for each pound raised. See the full gallery and story here and all of these images are full resolution, so all logos should be visible – please use and distribute them to your heart’s content. https://goo.gl/photos/iv2SMspKq3VfoXPe8

Barry Bassett 12 days ago

We have now passed the £7K mark with a generous £250 donation from Transmission TX. Next target £8K.

Barry Bassett 12 days ago

Thanks to Quartz Insurance for supporting us and bringing our total to within £100 of the £7,000 mark. Our shirts are arriving today, ahead of our first ride to Bristol this weekend.

Barry Bassett 20 days ago

We are just about to cross the £6,500 threshold thanks to generous contributions from EARS PLC, Miller Tripods and a very generous £500 donation from West Digital - more than they had initially pledged. We now only need £3,500 to hit our £10K target!

Barry Bassett 22 days ago

We are less than £200 shy of £6,000. Thanks to RED Digital Cinema, Ronford Baker, Panasonic, ARRI, Kays, SOLA Lights, BPS and P+S Technic, all of whom have sponsored VMI and supplied their logos, so that we can complete the shirts design in time for our first ride in just 2 weeks time!

Barry Bassett 26 days ago

The first design of the cycle shirts design is done and now we are almost at £5,000 which is half way to our £10K target. Thank you Steve of RAW Capture, who sponsored us yesterday and Bernard Kay of Kays as well. There are only a few hours before we finalise the shirts, after which there will be no more time to add your logos to our cycle shirts, so act now!

Barry Bassett 27 days ago

Thank you CVP, Pretzel Films, Colour Lab, Cooke Optics, Medialease and West Digital who have all agreed to sponsor our ride. We have just crossed £4,000 and are approaching half way!

Barry Bassett 29 days ago

Thank you Catalyst Cameras who have supported the ride. Now we have raised £3,000

Barry Bassett 1 month ago

Thank you to Hyperbees and Fuji who have agreed to support our ride today. Now at £2,500 and a quarter of the way there!

Barry Bassett 2 months ago

Happy Hour are sponsoring the ride - who will be next?

Barry Bassett 2 months ago

Canon UK have also just agreed to sponsor the ride too. Thanks Canon!

Barry Bassett 2 months ago

ProAV have agreed to sponsor the ride - thank you!

VMI are proud sponsors of:

The British Society of Cinematographers The Guild of Television Cameramen The Guild of British Camera Technicians Plasa - Rental Guard Plasa member Cinematography Mailing List Xhire - Anri fraud network