our 2007 diary
1 April 2007
- the route for the cycle ride is now known,
and you can see it by clicking here.
5 April 2007
- volunteers to take part in the cycle ride now stand at 69. We may have to
consider closing the list down or we'll run out of bikes and transport
10 April 2007
- local comedian Rory McGrath has been invited by the team to join in the
event. We hope to hear from Rory soon - his involvement would certainly be a
great boost to the team
2007 - nothing back from Rory yet, but we're
27 April 2007 -
the Red Pouches invite Royal Mail Chief Executive, Adam Crozier to join the
team, but unfortunately Adam is on holiday at the time of the event. He is
however keen to support the team's efforts and donates £100 to the Red
Pouches' fund for Arthur Rank House Hospice. Thanks Adam ! a great donation
to get the team going.
28 April 2007 -
local contacts at the East
of England Development Agency hear about our plan, and are keen to
support where they can. Sponsorship details shared and hopefully we'll see
some donations coming through soon.
28 April 2007 -
the campaign to raise as much as possible extends to eBay auctions. Click
here to be taken to our first online auction to support our efforts - a
Rotary watch up for grabs ! (link removed as the watch has been sold)
5 May 2007 -
our first online eBay auction to help raise money closes with a lucky buyer
getting a great deal on a Rotary watch. We raised £28.02
and this has been tagged to our East Anglia Children's Hospice (EACH)
target. Keep looking here for more items going under the hammer !
9 May 2007 -
still nothing from Rory McGrath so we must assume he is unavailable. Plenty
of opportunity for others to be involved still - just drop us a line and
you'll be hooked.
15 May 2007 -
our second online eBay auction closes for a Brass Carriage Clock and raises
£27.75 for another of our charities. Thanks for the support
with these auctions.
5 June 2007 - confirmed
cyclists stands at 78 today - a fantastic effort. The designs for our
postcard have been submitted and will soon be available to view online. Keep
12 June 2007 - training
for the big day continues and our growing band of cyclists start putting the
miles on their saddles. We've had some people drop out mainly because of
planned holidays, but still hope to have a great team out for the event.
28 June 2007 - some
design changes needed for our postcards and stamps means we're a little
behind plan with the sale of cards. Must get them right though so we stay
keen to try this new approach.
5 July 2007 - the
postcards have arrived, and they look great! Thanks to Barry Smissen for his
patience in design. Now we need to start selling them. You can buy them at
the Cambridge Mail Centre in Clifton Road from now until the end of August,
and you can also get them from any of the cyclists. Remember, they're only
£1 and include a special stamp as well. All the money goes to our supported
10 July 2007 - the
special stamps have arrived as well. Now we really are ready to go. Come
down to buy your postcards and stamps at Cambridge Mail Centre. Nikki in our
Reception has sold 290 cards already, so they're going quickly.
12 July 2007 - confirmed
cyclists stands at 56 today - a slight drop in numbers, but some have felt
that it's just too difficult whilst others unfortunately now have other
commitments. Still a great effort and a fantastic opportunity to raise lots
of money for some very important charities.
16 July 2007 - the
press release has gone out to newspapers, radio and TV. There's a photocall
arranged for 11.00am on Wednesday 18 July at Cambridge Mail Centre. The
Cambridge Evening News want to come to see us earlier on Tuesday so keep an
eye on the News this week.
17 July 2007 - the
Cambridge Evening News photo call happens at the Mail Centre, and we look
forward to a piece in the News shortly
18 July 2007 - two
radio pieces come from the press release. Q103 came to the Mail Centre and
interview Chris Welsh on behalf of the Red Pouches - Chris does a great job.
STARadio 107 do a telephone interview with Chris Clingham. Both pieces
should be aired between now and Sunday.
22 July 2007 - the
big day has come and everyone has successfully completed the 50 mile ride.
We've had good radio coverage, and two articles in the local papers (Cambridge
Evening News and
Postcards have been returned and
are now being stamped with the stamps designed specially for the event.
There's hundreds and thousands of them to stamp up so they'll start going
into the post from Monday afternoon ready for delivery Tuesday onwards. We
wanted to get them out sooner, but with so many to stamp up, it's going to
take a little longer
A great day had by all, and
another fantastic achievement. Now we need to collect all the money raised
so that we can present the cheques to our supported charities.
2007 - oh ..... still nothing from Rory !