240 Miles in 24 Hours: Cycle Challenge Across the South In Memory Of Grace Mae Chiverton

Cycle Challenge Across the South for Friends of PICU

This brand new event is called “240 miles in 24 hours: Cycle Challenge across the South” In Memory of Grace Mae Chiverton and it will take place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July 2012. To donate specifically to this event and to kick start to funds for our new state of the art ambulance, please go to
OR TEXT grac83 (then the ammount in pounds that you wish to donate) to 70070


Pedal Power for PICU – 240 miles in 24 hours Cycle Challenge across the South
Supported by Axa Wealth, Basingstoke

On Saturday 7 th and Sunday 8 th July 2012, a group of friends from Alton in Hampshire will cycle 240 miles in just 24 hours - in memory of a special little girl called Grace-Mae Chiverton.
Simon Hewitt, James Farquhar, Paul Mundy and Mark Barber have set themselves the challenge in order to raise money for Southampton General Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Grace, the daughter of Hayley and Sam, Simon Hewitt’s close friends, was admitted to the PICU in July 2011 with a rare type of aneurysm on her brain. After being transferred by ambulance from Basingstoke hospital, she underwent specialist treatment on the unit, and received unstinting care and attention by doctors and nurses. Sadly, after one week, Grace passed away in her parents’ arms. She died on 12th July 2011, aged just three years old.   
Simon, who grew up with Hayley and Sam in Alton, said: “I have known Hayley since we were toddlers, right through to leaving secondary school. I have also known Sam a long time, through living in the same small town all our lives. As soon as I heard the sad news about Grace-Mae I wanted to do something to help, no matter if it was something small, and the idea of combining our love of cycling to raise money resulted in this challenge.”
He added: “Having three children of my own, it really hit home just how lucky my wife and I are. But you can never take that luck for granted. Hayley said to me: "You never give PICU a thought until you really need them," and that really opened my eyes to the vitally important work they do.”   Paul and James are great friends with Simon and regularly go cycling together.  James and Paul thought this event would be a perfect way for them to raise money by doing something they all love.
Mark Barber, the 4th cyclist to join the team, has also known Hayley and Sam and their family for a long time. His wife Donna has been a huge support to them both over the last year.  They were important members of the organizing team for their recent football tournament, and have two young children of their own.
The cyclists’ route, starting at Southampton General Hospital, will take them through Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, through the night across to the Isle of Wight, back to Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey, before making a sprint towards the finishing line back in Southampton - all within 24 hours!
The challenge is being supported by the Friends of PICU, a registered charity which supports the PICU and the children and their families by providing donations for vital equipment and services.
By working together, the cyclists, Hayley and Sam and the Friends of PICU hope to raise around £25,000 for the PICU.  Local companies have already pledged sponsorship, and their names will feature on the cyclists’ vests. 
The charity is fully funding a new £110,000 state-of-the-art retrievals ambulance and this challenge will start the campaign to raise money towards this vital piece of equipment which enables PICU to retrieve critically ill children from across the South and get them to the Unit to receive the specialist care they require.
During their 240-mile journey, the team will be visiting at least ten regional hospitals, as a means of publicising some of the many locations the ambulance retrieves patients from, and as a way of saying thank you to all those who have donated money from across the region. 
Among those waving them off on the day will be Hayley and Sam and their family.
Mark Hilder, Secretary of Friends of PICU, said: “This is an amazing fundraising effort from Simon and the team, and a lovely way to show support to their friends Hayley and Sam during such a difficult time.  We are very thankful to them for taking on this challenge”. 
For more information, please visit:
Grace's story and to donate:  
For more details on Friends of PICU:   www.friendsofpicu.org.uk
You can also follow their training progress through their Facebook group:
240 Miles in 24 Hours: Cycle Challenge across the South


Please see below the current, approximate timings for the Cycle Challenge:
Leave Southampton at 10am
Arrive @ Salisbury 11:40 (no real break)
Arrive @ Dorchester 14:30 depart 15:00
Arrive @Poole 17:00 (no real break)
Arrive @ Lymington 19:00 (ferry is at 19:25 the crossing is 35 minutes)
Arrive @ Newport 20:30 Fishbourne to Portsmouth ferry is at 22:00 (ferry is a 40 minute crossing) so plenty of time to get across the Island with some spare time to rest/take on some food, we are restricted by the timings of ferry crossings and after looking at them over and over again these are best suited to us!
Arrive @ Portsmouth QA 23:00 (no break)
Arrive @ Chichester 00:00 depart 00:30
Arrive @ Frimley 03:30-04:00 (long tough section so unsure what the pace will be like) depart from Frimley 04:30
Arrive @Basingstoke 06:00 depart 06:30
Arrive @ Winchester 08:00 depart 08:30

CAN YOU HELP US ??????????
We need Sponsors! Do you know of a business that might be able to sponsor money towards the running costs of this event? We need to purchase things such as refreshments for all cyclists over the 24 hours, medical equipment, ferry crossing costs, hire car costs for support teams, petrol for support cars and ambulance, advertising, banners, and so on. Do you know someone who might be able to help? In return, we can offer logos of businesses who have sponsored £50 or more on our cyclists clothing for the event. Please get in touch.

We are looking for supporters to come along to each of the hospitals that we’re visiting in order to cheer on our riders….especially the ones where we will be arriving in the dark and at very late/early times!

We need people to come along with their cheering heads on and make sure we raise as much money as possible for this amazing charity.

We would also love for volunteers to offer to get to the hospitals a little earlier than the cyclists arrive, to ensure that everyone is ready for their arrival and that money collection buckets are rattling! So please, if any of you can spare 1-2 hours at any of the hospitals on route, we’d LOVE to hear from you and have your support!
(We will give a detailed list of timings for the route as soon as we know to give you all a better idea of where we will be and when!)

We'd love for people to join the cyclists from the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester to Southampton for the last 7 miles of the cycle challenge! But please make sure you get sponsorship for this (we will provide these forms at a latter date)

If you’d like to get involved with helping to plan the event or if you think you know people who may be able to sponsor this event or get involved, then please get in contact! Either use our facebook events page for this event (you can find this through our Friends of PICU Facebook page), our Friends of PICU website or facebook page, or email   info@friendsofpicu.org.uk  

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