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Total raised so far

83%

£12,577.05 of £15,000 target +£2,593.00 Gift Aid See breakdown

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6 months ago

Harriet

£450.00

+ £112.50 Gift Aid

I think with off-line donations, we made our target!!

7 months ago

Dave

£150.00

+ £37.50 Gift Aid

Cracking ride, loverly bunch of people, great cause - all good!

7 months ago

The Ashwoods

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done, we're in awe of you all and what a great cause!

7 months ago

Roz

£10.00

Amazing effort. Well done all!

7 months ago

George Kirby

£500.00

+ £125.00 Gift Aid

8 months ago

Gillian Godber

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Well done Anna - from Gill & '2 metre' Peter

8 months ago

Gareth Jones

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Congratulations to George K and all other riders on another excellent effort for charity.

9 months ago

Jenny Boyd

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Well done Sarah!

9 months ago

Sophie

£50.00

9 months ago

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Squeezing value out of every donated meal: Whoosh 2023 fundraising for FareShare UK

Event dates: 28th April 2023 – 2nd May 2023

Whoosh 2023 are raising money for Fareshare

Our story

Whoosh are a group of amateur cyclists who do a 5 day cycle somewhere in the UK every May Bank Holiday to raise money for good causes and to have fun in the outdoors on bicycles. Over many years we have raised £'000s for local, national and international charities (see whoosh.org.uk/) This year, being very concerned about the impact of the cost of living crisis, growing food poverty, and the huge amount of food wasted across the UK food industry, we have decided to support FareShare UK and one of their independent partners FareShare Grampian especially as we shall be cycling across their territory on our 350 mile 'Cairngorms Challenge' 28th April-2nd May 2023 taking in glorious scenery, hills and weather from Perth to Pitlochry via Aberdeen and Banff.

Why FareShare?
In the UK today 1 in 5 people, including 4 million children, experience food insecurity (meaning they do not have reliable access to affordable, healthy food to meet their basic needs). People run out of money for food before the end of the week or have to buy poor value food because it is cheap. Parents skip meals to feed their children. Children go to school hungry. Yet more than 3 million tonnes of good food are wasted from farms, factories and shops every year; enough for 7 billion meals.

FareShare helps food producers both to improve their processes to prevent environmentally damaging food waste and to use surplus food for good instead. They collect good quality food from farm gates and factories across the UK and distribute it to where it belongs and is needed - on people's plates.

FareShare works through a national network of 18 independent charitable food redistributors including FareShare Grampian to get food from the food industry to 9,500 lunch clubs, homeless shelters, school breakfast clubs and many charities and community groups serving people in food poverty. These organisations also offer holistic support to people experiencing unemployment, low income, debt, homelessness, loneliness, drug or alcohol addiction, family break up, winter hardship and domestic violence thereby helping to squeeze as much value as possible from every meal.

FareShare Grampian have generously offered to show us what they are doing when we get to their distribution centre in Aberdeen. Vans and volunteer van drivers are at the heart of their work across a large area often delivering food to isolated communities and through some of the most challenging geography in the UK, as we shall soon find out for ourselves.

If we raise £7,500 this will help cover the running costs of one delivery van for a year at FareShare Grampian or help FareShare UK redistribute food for 30,000 meals. If we double this we can do both!
Demand for the work of FareShare has never been greater and this is a great opportunity for Whoosh to show solidarity with an area we are cycling through.

Thank you in advance for your generosity


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Our updates

10 months ago

Day 5. Grantown-on-Spey to Pitlochry.
At last a dry day and early start for the long cycle ahead. Glorious scenery through the Cairngorms National Park using the cycle path along the A9 and through the Drumochter Pass. Still snow on the high peaks. And to our accommodation at the Atholl Centre which we're very pleased to stay with as it links with Fare Share to run a food bank and a community larder. The day ended with another Whoosh tradition - charades, before we waved goodbye to those catching the sleeper to Euston.

10 months ago

Day 4. Banff to Grantown
Another wet start and this time with a brisk north wind but everyone undaunted and enjoying the countryside and the excellent route along the coast to Garmouth and then inland through the valley of the River Spey. At Grantown after supper a brilliant ceilidh band joined by a few Whoosh musicians got us (& some of the other hotel guests!) onto the dance floor. The evening ended with a traditional Whoosh sing-song

10 months ago

Day 3 Aberdeen to Banff
3 1/2hrs of rain to delicious lunch at Fyvie Castle. Excellent cycling although more tired now. Lots of up and down, lovely scenery, following wind and weather cleared in the afternoon. Looking forward to supper and a lecture on the geography/geology of the Cairngorms (!?)

10 months ago

Day 2: Braemar to Aberdeen
We awoke to snow which turned to rain as we descended from Braemar and gradually cleared. Some stopped for coffee at Ballater or Aboyne - those that lunched at the latter were treated to a short introduction to the Jacobite Rebellion before pressing on alongside the River Dee to Aberdeen. One of the challenges of our support van in big cities is finding somewhere to park overnight (it doesn't fit a multi-storey), and this evening no exception but eventually bagged a spot free after 6pm. Great meal and to finish a quiz on all things Scottish.

10 months ago

Day 1
From full breakfast in Perth Premier Inn up what turned into a punishing long climb to the Glenshee Pass in view of snowy mountain sides followed by 12 mile descent to lovely Braemar for hot shower and restorative dinner. Started wet but then cleared

Whoosh 2023 are fundraising for

Fareshare

Charity number: 1100051

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