London to Amsterdam – Chris Buckingham

The Challenge

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The ride from London to Amsterdam is 140 miles which will take them about 15 hours to cycle (not including if they get lost) and overnight on the ferry from Harwich to the Hoek van Holland.

And this is just one way!!!!  After the return leg the group would have cycled 280 miles!! Challenges will include:

The English Weather, Hills, Seasickness, Cars, Opposite Side of the Road Riding, Cramps, Saddle Rash and lots of DOMS!!

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Chris’ Story

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In 2008 Chris was working as a Landscape Gardner for Enfield Council and had just become a Dad when in the November he sustained a severe head injury through an unprovoked attack. Chris woke up in hospital 2 weeks later with almost full body paralysis which only improved with intense physiotherapy over the following 10 months of rehabilitation.  In 2009 when he was discharged from hospital the doctors told him he would need crutches or a wheelchair to walk or travel long distances. ‘Chris refused both and made the decision to walk as far as he could to help his rehabilitation.

For his first birthday after leaving hospital, Chris’s Dad bought him a bike to see if this would help with the strength and coordination side of his rehab.  After some mishaps and intense training, in the February of 2012 Chris did his first charity bike ride from London to Bournemouth to raise money for Cancer Research, raising over £1000! His second ride was the Isle of Wight ride in which he raised over £4000 for the Charity Noah’s Ark Hospice.

In April 2014 Chris began to attend a physical rehab class run by FAABI (Friends of Attend Acquired Brain Injury) which was taken by an ARNI instructor Nadia. Over the next 18 months Chris made huge improvements physically with the training that this course provided.

Unfortunately FAABI decided not to refund the course for the following year and so Chris decided that he would embark on another Charity Ride – this time raising money for ARNI to help fund his and also his group of friend’s rehab! Chris and the group realize how important the physical training is for improving their daily lives and how much of an impact it has!

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Messages of Support

Go Buck, So proud of you!! Lots of love Auntie Ree and Scarlett xxdx £50

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Well done on this initiative! Best wishes from from Great Uncle Will £10

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Well done mate! And massive good luck… Scott S. £30

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Good luck guys. Regards, Cristian C £30

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Go Chris! Great cause, well done you. From Ruth E. £20

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Have a great trip Andy and Chris – you are both heroes!! From Gregory S. £75

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Fantastic…. enjoy the ride and keep inspiring! From Nina S. £20

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Good luck team! Barbara & Julian £50

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Best of luck to both Dads. Surya at Buddhist Centre. £10

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Go on chaps! From Christopher S. £30

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Good luck Chris, Ben, Steve and Andy! From Debbie B. £100

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Have a fantastic ride – great cause! From Jonathon M. £10

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Good luck Chris and the lads! from Leslie F. £10

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Wishing you all the best your intrepid four! Robert L. £50

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Good luck with it, Mike and Jo K. £50

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Donated anonymously. £100

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Best of luck, from Rudolf A. £25

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Hope the London to Amstersam goes ever so well! From Nabila J. £10

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Good luck!! Carmel M. £20

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Go for it guys! From Dr Kieran McH £20

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Good luck you four 😉 From Maurice G £50

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Have a fantastic time – hope your ride goes well, from Tanya G. £20

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Have fun lads! Excellent charity and a good cause… Nadiya B. £50

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wishing you a very safe ride, love Oksana £20

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Good luck you four! From Katrina M. £10

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Hope the fundraising ride goes well! From Kevin C.. £20

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Enjoy yourselves and raise LOTS of money!

From Mike T.

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All The Best! Leianne £10

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Best of luck boys! From Stuart M. £50

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Good luck to you all – from John M. £50

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Chris / Andy, Good luck guys. Have a fantastic time. the Etchells £20

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Good luck!! From Ann P. £50

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Have a greaat time and hope it goes well – Wendy H £50

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All the very best to you all. Salvatore & David £50

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Well done for suppotring suche a great cause! All the best, from Christopher H. £20

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Well done you four! From John R. £20

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Best of luck guys, great cause, Andy make sure you stop Chris taking scenic photos otherwise you will be away two weeks. love Steve and Ange. £100

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Good luck! From Bridget £30

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Hope the ride goes ever so well, from Paul P £50

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Good luck to all of you! From Joan W. £20

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Wow, what a journey, well done for taking up the challenge x Debbie M £20

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Good Luck lads enjoy your ride! Barrie and Glenys R £30

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Good luck chaps! From John R £25

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Hope the fundraising goes well guys! Great charity – from Ian B. £40

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Enjoy the bike ride – hope you raise a lot of funds for ARNI. All the best, Stanley F. £50

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Go for it!! From Miles S. £20

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Superb mission for charity you’ve taken on there! Good luck. From Claire H £25

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Hope it all goes well! Jonathan and Karen S. £50

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Not long to go now! Hope you’re training for this! From Russel T £25

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Keep being inspirational! From Kevin O. £10

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Good for you guys! From Julia S. £10

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Good luck to all of you – an excellent cause- from Angela S £20

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Have a SUPERB TIME – and don’t get lost! All the best from Catherine W £45

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good luck!!! From Zuzana N £10

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Good luck guys – Will H £10

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As I said Pete, stick the bike in the Z4 and drive. Bon Voyage. Big Jim x £28

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Good Luck to the Bucks, lots of love from The Hickeys xxxxxx £50

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Good luck to all! From Simon B. £20

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Not long to go now lads! All the best, from Sean B. £10

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Good luck boys be safe, from Francis O’H £100

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Good luck to you all! From Huseyin O. £20

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Good luck, have fun and don’t get lost, good work! Silas £10

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Have a fantastic ride.. from Hannah W. £5

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Have fun and best of luck – from Jacqueline K £20

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May the wind always be at your back. Frank M £50

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Good luck all of you!! From Lorna G £20

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Enjoy yourselves and raise lots for your charity – from Rachael H. £30

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Good luck! From Niall W £25

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Good Luck and all the best.. From Carina F £20

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Well done guys, a great effort for a great cause. from Neil, Claire, Cerys, Caden £10

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More donations recieved with thanks:

£100.00 Frank O’Hare
£50.00 Colin & Jacquie Small
£25.00 Irene Stanton
£25.00 Steve Purcell
£50.00 Anonymous
£93.00 Collected from guests at Peter & Lisa’s party.
£25.00 Bill & Mona
£50.00 Ian & Ev Hill
£60.00 Sue Williams
£20.00 Geoff & Amelia
£20.00 William O’Hare
£20.00 Eamonn Rogan
£50.00 Wendy from the Arsenal.
£110.00 Collected by Steve Mumford

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