Our Fundraiser of the Month for June is Craig Budsworth who took on the incredibly challenging Mount Ventoux cycle for Aspire, with his fundraising total standing at just under £1400.

"On Wednesday 25th June, I went out to the south of France to take on the 'beast of Provence' aka Mount Ventoux. This was a cycling trip to follow in the footsteps of the great tour riders. Our intention was to follow the route from Bedoin up the mountain on the Friday but as a warm up ride we'd go from Sault, the easy side, on the Thursday. This in itself was a mammoth 29 km up the mountain at an average 4.5% climb and took 2 hours 19 minutes! The next day started with a lot of stretching to make my legs get back on the bike for the 21 km up the hard side at 7.9% climb! This took nearly 3 and a half hours but worth every push to receive that sense of achievement when reaching the top. Incredibly, when we got there, a French Air Force fighter jet flew by, round the mountain, below us! Looking down from 6,200 ft was just breathtaking. 

Why did I do it? Well, because of my role as chair of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society, I was invited onto the Aspire Grants committee.  For me, it is quite emotional when you read how an SCI has impacted on someone’s life and they don’t have the funds to meet a need that will massively increase their independent living, it’s heart breaking.  That’s exactly why I want to try and raise as much as possible to help more people have the independence that most of us take for granted.”

To sponsor Craig, just go to www.justgiving.com/Craig-Budsworth2

If you would like to take part in a challenge to raise money for Aspire, please contact Hannah Wyatt on 020 8420 6731 or email hannah.wyatt@aspire.org.uk

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