Loyal MS Trust supporter Kenny Smith is going to be back in the saddle next year as he cycles around the UK for 50 consecutive days to celebrate what would have been his sister Kathleen’s 50th birthday.
Read about Kenny's incredible challenge below and find out how you can get involved.
The Kathleen Painter 50/50 Challenge 2019
Kenny will be cycling for 50 days around mainland Britain, starting in the centre of Chichester on 12 June 2019 and finishing on Kathleen’s 50th Birthday on 31 July, back in Chichester. Not content with just cycling 2,655 miles, he is also planning to trek up the highest peaks in Wales, Scotland and England on his way.
“My sister Kathleen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis way back in 1990, aged just 21," says Kenny. "She coped well for many years living with MS and never let it get her down; she was always smiling and never complained. Sadly in 2014, Kathleen lost her battle and everyone that knew her was totally heartbroken.
"Over the years I have continuously fundraised for the MS Trust by organising my own fundraising events, in particular the MS Circuit Challenge at Goodwood, running marathons, trekking all over the world including reaching Everest Base camp last year, and more recently cycling to Amsterdam all to raise funds in Kathleen’s memory and to support the 100,000 people living with MS today”
From Chichester, Kenny will head along the south coast to Lands End, then up through Wales, climbing Snowdon on the way, and on towards Scotland. He'll visit Lake Windermere, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness and John O'Groats, then it’s back into England through Sunderland, Newcastle and York. Kenny is particularly looking forward to arriving into Letchworth Garden City, the home of the MS Trust, where staff members are going to ride with him. As he arrives back in Chichester he'll make a special journey through the Village of Boxgrove to visit Kathleen’s grave. Kenny's route day by day
Kenny says, “Without doubt this will be the biggest challenge I have ever undertaken, physically, emotionally and mentally. I will be riding solo, unsupported and carrying everything I need for the 50 days. The roads will be tough and unpredictable (and the weather!) and there will be many very steep hills to take, but that adds to the excitement of the challenge!”
Would you like to get involved?
A challenge like this needs lots of planning and support and there are lots of way you can help including offering Kenny somewhere to stay for a night, organising a fundraising cheering/welcome point, or riding with Kenny for part of the journey.
Could you offer Kenny a room for the night or somewhere to pitch his tent? He is looking for accommodation in the following areas:
Day 4 - 15 June - Plymouth
Day 8 - 19 June - Bude
Day 9 - 20 June - Taunton
Day 11 - 22 June - Glasbury
Day 16 - 27 June - Scafell Pike Area
Day 19 - 30 June - Crianlarich
Day 20 - 1 July - Fort William
Day 21 - 2 July - Inverness
Day 22 - 3 July - Tain
Day 23 - 4 July - Laig
Day 24 - 5 July - Betty Hill
Day 25 - 6 July - Thurso
Day 26 - 7 July - Thurso
Day 27 - 8 July - Betty Hill
Day 28 - 9 July - Laig
Day 29 - 10 July - Tain
Day 30 - 11 July - Inverness
Day 31 - 12 July - Portnockie
Day 32 - 13 July - Aberdeen
Day 36 - 17 July - Berwick Upon Tweed
Day 37 - 18 July - Amble
Day 38 - 19 July - Sunderland
Day 39 - 20 July - Middlesbrough
Day 43 - 24 July - Peterborough
Day 46 - 27 July 27 - Maidstone
Day 47 - 28 July 28 - Dover
Ride with Kenny
Get your family, friends and colleagues involved and get sponsored to ride with Kenny! Join him for 5, 10, 15 miles or even a full day's cycling when he comes through your town. The money you raise will help to make sure no one has to manage MS alone. Setup your online fundraising page today
Climb to support Kenny
Kenny will be climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales. Why not show your support by taking on your own 3 Peaks Challenge? Considered one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges, the 3 Peaks Challenge takes in the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m).
You will trek around 22 miles and climb approx. 10,000ft. This is a serious and tough challenge which requires a good level of fitness, as well as plenty of grit and determination. For more information, see Global Adventure Challenge's 3 Peaks Challenge.
Welcome Kenny to your town with a cheer point
Why not set up a cheering point in your town for when Kenny comes through? We can provide you with T-shirts, balloons, banners, and flags. Contact our fundraising team on 01462 476707 or email email@example.com.
Sponsor Kenny for his challenge
Kenny’s main focus from the challenge is to raise as much money as possible to support the MS Trust. If you would like to sponsor him as he cycles around the UK, please visit his Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.
Alternatively, you can text KSUK50 £10 to 70070 to donate £10. We would also love to hear from you if you have links with a company that would like to sponsor or support Kenny in some way.
If you or your company would like to get involved with The Kathleen Painter 50/50 Challenge 2019 in aid of the MS Trust, please do get in contact by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01462 476707
Thank you to the following companies for supporting Kenny with this challenge:
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