This month, ICE member Andy Clarke embarked upon the challenge of cycling 100km to raise awareness and funds for the Ben Fund.
Andy has been braving the elements, training for this mammoth task throughout the winter and into spring, completing his ride on what was the hottest weekend of 2021 to date - raising more than £700 via his Just Giving page.
Prior to his cycling challenge, Andy had this to say:
“From time to time throughout our lives we may find ourselves in situations we would not expect, some for better and some for worse.
April 2020 amongst the Covid-19 pandemic was a very tough time for myself and my family especially with a newborn baby. The ICE Ben Fund provided support to me and helped me through what was a very difficult and uncertain time; it was so reassuring to speak with people that could help.
The ICE Ben Fund has a range of support services available for ICE members and their families. The help the Ben Fund gave me at a critical time in my life has inspired me to raise awareness of the ICE Ben Fund and what they do as a charity as well as giving something back.
My inspiration for this charity cycle fundraiser is to highlight the amazing work which the Ben Fund does in supporting ICE members around the UK and overseas. To do this I will be cycling 100km in June 2021.”
Following his bike ride, Andy commented that while he did not enjoy the uphill parts of the journey, the countryside had spurred him on. His brilliant sense of humour shone through, maintaining that “As a novice cyclist, I consider this a near death experience”.