Going the extra mile (or one hundred…) for charity!

Written by Madeleine Speed, the Pelvic Partnership, June 2017

Paul Fishburn regularly cycles when he has time at weekends and says “he likes being in and seeing the outdoors”, but also because it is “easier to exercise sitting down”. He is a seasoned cyclist and has experience of being out for hours at a time and of covering an eye-wateringly large amount of countryside.

Although he finds cycling a good stress buster, Paul likes to set a training target to motivate himself, particularly on cold and wet days when it might otherwise be too easy to find an excuse to leave the bike in the garage.

Paul, who is married to Sarah Fishburn, the Chair of the Pelvic Partnership, quickly found a focus for his cycling objectives this year by kindly put himself forward to take part as our rider in the July 2017 Prudential Ride London -Surrey 100. He will take part in this 100-mile event to raise sponsorship money for the Pelvic Partnership.

Paul said, “It’s a fun event with around 20,000 cyclists taking part, and a great route from the Olympic village, through central London, out into Surrey with amazing views (if you’ve enough energy left to appreciate them) at the top of the two big hills: Leith Hill at 60 miles and Box Hill at 70 miles.”

And Paul should know because he has already cycled the very same course when, in 2015, he first rode on behalf of the Pelvic Partnership. Back then he wasn’t sure he was going to make the distance but managed to finish in just under 7 hours. This year, he hopes it will be a little more relaxing and fun, but has a rather perverse hope that the most difficult hill, Leith Hill at 13% gradient, will be open this time. Last time it was closed due to a rider being in difficulties. Paul wants to test out whether he can climb all the way to the top without having to get off and push;  but a 13% hill on a ride bike with high gearing means a lot of standing up and as this gradient comes after 60 miles of cycling, this will be pose a difficult challenge.

“Being able to cycle on traffic – free roads through London and out in the countryside was wonderful last time;” said Paul, “we also had some really great weather but welcomed a strong wind which stopped it getting uncomfortably hot.”


Big respect to Paul!

The Pelvic Partnership team is very much in debt to Paul for offering to take part in Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 again this year to raise money for the charity. Pelvic Partnership Co-ordinator, Lucy Ryan, said, “I am very relieved because we were really struggling to find riders.” She continued:”The difficulty is that numerous cyclists are interested in doing the route but aren’t so keen on collecting sponsorship in return for the chance to cycle in the event. As you may be aware, the Pelvic Partnership needs to find ways to fund the charity, and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 offered a great opportunity as we had at least three slots for our riders. So it is a shame that it is just Paul who has accepted the challenge to cycle for us to raise sponsorship.” Lucy explained that the charity still looks for funding opportunities and grants but there seem to be so many charities like ours (or bigger) that are now competing with us for money, “We have to keep exploring new ways to generate funds to keep us going.”

Can you help Paul to raise vital funds for the Pelvic Partnership?

As little as £2 would make a difference – can you ask your friends and family to sponsor Paul ahead of Sunday 30 July the date of this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event?

If you have had PGP symptoms yourself which you have now overcome (thanks to Pelvic Partnership information) or if you, your sister, aunt, niece or best friend, is experiencing symptoms now, maybe you would be prepared to give something to enable us to reach more women with the information they need to get better. You can do this easily online by following this link to Paul’s page to sponsor him – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=PaulFishburn&faId=842446&isTeam=false 

Any amount you can give can help our charity to keep operating; just £2 pays for us to send out our celebrated ‘Stickmum’ information leaflets to women and healthcare professionals; £5 can help to fund our helpline calls; £10 can help us towards another print run of our ‘Stickmum’ leaflet. Whatever you can spare can help Paul to generate more sponsorship when he goes that extra mile (or 100) for the Pelvic Partnership in July.

Many thanks for your support!

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