A group of New Life cyclists successfully completed the 165-mile D-Day Cycle Challenge on the weekend of 16th September raising £3k. This was the second D-Day challenge of the year for the charity with a small team of six taking on the challenging route to raise funds for neonatal equipment. The route took them to a number of iconic landmarks including Pegasus Bridge, Omaha, Gold and Juno beaches.
The team were kept fuelled with energy snacks along the way by the volunteer support crew. ‘This was my second D-Day cycling event for the charity’ said one of the participants, Chris. ‘It doesn’t matter how many times one visits the landmarks, it is still an emotional experience knowing the events that took place in Normandy in the Second World War.’
Trevor Goodall, the Founder of the charity said ‘What a lovely group of cyclists we had this weekend. Everyone was fully engaged with the history and the camaraderie was great. A very emotional weekend that raised another great sum of money for premature babies.’
New Life has organised a much bigger event for 2024 to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The event is almost fully booked with over 30 cyclists signed up.