In 2012 HPH Ltd created and sponsored the ‘Danube challenge 2012’ cycling from the source of the river Danube in Germany to Budapest covering 1322km and travelling through 4 countries in just 12 days! The team of eleven cyclists completed the challenge in September, inspired in part by the success of Bradley Wiggins and Team GB.
Danube2012 was conceived by Will Holdoway and was designed to both challenge the physical and mental stamina of a group not used to long distance cycling and to raise money for two charities; Dorothy House Hospice Care and Macmillan Cancer Support. So far the challenge has raised well over the £20,000 target (£27,940 and rising) thanks to our sponsors and many generous donations. We would particularly like to thank the following for helping with this project:
Julie Croucher at ‘Travel with Jules:’ www.travelwithjules.co.uk – Travel arrangements
Bob Dixon at BD Courier: www.bdcourier.com - Bike Courier to Donaueschingen and return from Budapest.
Creatrix PR www.creatrixpr.co.uk - PR, marketing and bespoke cycle vests.
Sally Bowyer: Blog update and support.
Audience of the Wiltshire Music Centre: www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk - Fundraising at concert on the 21st September.
Customers of the Galleries Village Shop, Freshford: www.galleriesshop.co.uk – For donating their spare change.
Over 350 individual donors listed on the Virgin Just Giving Website at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Danube2012 our 6 shirt sponsors: Jones Lang LaSalle, Oval, Alfa Laval, Monahan’s, Burges Salmon and Good Energy and our equipment sponsors: www.totalfitness.co.uk and Brad Abrahams Opticians www.brad-abrahams.co.uk.
Phillippa Watson at Dorothy House and Sadie Moore at MacMillan for help with fundraising.
The individual team members for undertaking and completing the challenge and for their fundraising efforts.
Anne, Katie and John for travelling to Budapest to wave a finishing flag and greet us with champagne at the Chain Bridge.
And finally Will Holdoway, who had the idea and inspiration to create the challenge, digitized the route for navigation and developed the blog. He also frequently led from the front on his bicycle and gave the older riders someone to keep up with!
Fundraising closed on the 8th of January 2013 with a grand total of £28,002.51 (incl. Gift Aid) being raised for the two charities.