December 2013 - Dave and Kath Cutler

For the second year running, our friends Dave and Kath, decided to donate generously to our charity instead of sending Christmas cards.  Thank you both for your kindness.

7th to 9th June 2013 - John Pye, Ronnie Fletcher, Mike Jowett, Mike Beckett and Andy Capes 'Bridge to Bridge' Bike Challenge. Humber Bridge to London Bridge charity cycle ride. This event covered a distance of 220 miles and was a challenging but rewarding way to spend two and a half days on a bike ! Due to the fantastic support received for their efforts, the riders raised a grand total of £7,647.50 in sponsorship - sincere thanks to all who contributed !! Worthy of special mention, Swanland Primary School pupils, staff and parents were part of the rousing send off for the riders and also raised the fantastic amount of £900 in sponsorship - thank you all so much. 

19th May 2013 - Hull 10k

Congratulations to the 16 runners who represented 'Team Nicholls' in this year's 10k.  For more photos and further details please see Hull 10K - 2013 page

We are delighted to announce that a total of £2047.00 was raised!  Special thanks go to our friend Alison Branton who has secured matched funding for her sponsorship from Lloyds TSB in the sum of £451.00

12th May 2013 - Danny and Ant Beverley 10k

Friends Danny and Ant took part in this year's Beverley 10k and chose to raise funds for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation. After a brave effort on a windy Sunday morning, they did a fantastic job and raised £117 in sponsorship.  Many thanks to you both and very well done.

January 2013 - Joanne Rose Christmas Raffle

For the second year running, our good friend Jo along with her colleagues at Barclays Bank in Brough, organised a Christmas Raffle in order to raise funds for the charity.  Another fantastic effort produced a total of £374!  A big thank you to Jo and everyone who supported her.

HULL 10K - 2013

 Team 'Nicholls Foundation' all ready for the off - perfect conditions for running!

Team members getting 'stickered up' to promote the Nicholls Foundation

Nadine, Jayne and Liz - all smiles before the race.

Jo Coatham, before her first 10K, with the full support of her family.

A fast start for Henry Waters who was the quickest of the 'Team Nicholls' runners and finished in an excellent time of 39:50.

Angie, Bobby and John meet up at the finishing line.

Alison and Joanne racing to the finish.

Angie and Jo showing off their 'bling'!

Team Nicholls with Olympic fever at the end of the race!

A huge THANK YOU to the 16 runners for taking part in the HULL 10K on Sunday 19th May.  Your presence helped to raise the profile of the Foundation locally and also the funds that you were able to attract as sponsorship will help to continue the research work into a cure for spinal injury.  

We would like to thank Dave Waters and Pauline Lees for their excellent camera and video work and also Helen Wilkinson and Bev Waters who, once again, provided welcome support throughout the event.  As always, thank you to the many family and friends who turned up to support all of the runners on the day.


Humber Bridge to London Bridge Charity Cycle Ride

7th to 9th June - John Pye, Ronnie Fletcher, Mike Jowett, Mike Beckett and Andy Capes 'Bridge to Bridge' Bike Challenge.  


The ride began from the Humber Bridge viewing area car park at 10 am on Friday 7th June, where we were delighted to be joined by many family and friends, together with a class of children from Swanland Primary School, to give the riders a fond farewell! The start of the ride was announced by the Town Crier and was marked by the release of 437 balloons, representing one balloon for each pupil of Swanland Primary School, with a prize of a McDonald's voucher on offer for the balloon that travels the furthest within the following 14 days. 


Day 1 saw a sunny start to the event with the riders cycling 100 miles to the first overnight stop in Peterborough, Eye Green. During the first day, very capable support was provided by Ian, the father-in-law of Andy Capes, who made himself available on a regular basis for refueling stops for the riders. On the Friday evening, the riders were met by the "support crew" of Steven and Bobby Pye, who took over the support duties from lunchtime on the second day.


After a healthy breakfast at the Little Chef adjoining the hotel, day 2 saw a further 90 miles covered, with the Saturday evening being spent in Waltham Abbey where, once again, the support crew was in attendance, having been on call for the riders throughout the day.


The third and final day saw a more leisurely ride of approximately 30 miles, taking us as close as possible to the Olympic Village, Stratford, before our arrival at London Tower Bridge at 12 noon, where we were very pleased to be met by a number of familiar faces! After a photoshoot to prove that we had made it, we headed off for a well-deserved celebratory lunch at Bar Boloud at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, with the day ending with a train journey home courtesy of tickets very kindly donated by Hull Trains.

We were delighted that Professor Raisman and David Nicholls were able to join us at lunch at the Mandarin Oriental and the excellent news from the Professor of further progress with his research work made it a perfect end to our journey.


Whilst the riders each had some experience of cycling, the event proved to be an exhilarating challenge, however, we were all inspired and motivated by the ultimate goal of the Foundation to find a cure for spinal injury. We all thoroughly enjoyed the event and are extremely grateful for all of the messages of support and financial donations that should result in the event raising in excess of £5,000 for the Foundation. Worthy of special mention is Mike Ward of Portable Building Sales Ltd, who continued with his excellent support of the charity by making a donation of £437 (£1 per balloon!) - we are very grateful for Mike's commitment to this cause.


Thank you to everyone who gave their support, with special thanks to my fellow riders, Ronnie, Andy and the two Mikes; to Ian, Steven and Bobby, the "Support crew" and to my wife Angela, who organized an excellent and well-supported send-off for the riders.


John Pye


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