Frank Water Ambassador Goes The Extra Mile For Safe Water

Frank Water Ambassador Goes The Extra Mile For Safe Water

Peter Gibbons has been an ambassador for Frank Water since 2018, but this lockdown has challenged himself to a truly epic fundraising endeavour on our behalf.

On Sunday, July 5th, Pete is undertaking a mammoth 200 mile, one-day cycle ride; setting off from Bristol and travelling south through Churchill, Brent Knoll, Bridgwater, Taunton and then onto Exeter, before skirting back north via Wellington, the Somerset levels and up over the Mendips.

Peter was acutely aware of the impact this pandemic would have on the charity sector, specifically those that he supports, and felt compelled to go the extra mile:

In 2018 myself and my wife Jane, plus four others took part in Frank’s Cycle for Safe Water adventure. We cycled 400km around the remotest villages of Andhra Pradesh to help raise funds for FRANK Water and to see for ourselves the inspiring work they do. It was a life changing experience; visiting villages that had benefited from FRANK Water’s work and seeing the families who in turn were able to grow their own vegetables and benefit from clean water, good hygiene and handwashing facilities was extremely humbling and immensely rewarding.

So I was thinking of ideas for fundraising and as a keen cyclist, I didn’t think anyone would donate much if I rode a 60 or 100 miler – I knew it had to be something a bit more attention-grabbing. I originally considered cycling to Leeds from Bristol which is 200 miles, but then there’s the logistics of accommodation, transport etc – so a circular route back to Bristol felt much more appropriate. And I’ll probably want to end up back in my own bed at the end! I have roped in Oli Beckingsale (ex-Olympic and 17-time World Champion cyclist) to be my companion and ‘super domestique’ on the day.

Donations will be split equally between Frank Water and Bristol Sport Foundation – for whom I am also an ambassador.

So, please, if you can spare a few pounds, please do donate. Put simply, without your support these great charities just won’t survive – and that would be a crying shame.

Peter Gibbons

You can sponsor Peter’s mammoth effort by clicking here.