Jim's Bike Ride! 2 Men 2 Bikes 2 Offices

Well, Jim and Joe did it! 2 men on 2 bikes spinning 225 miles from their work offices in Aberdeen to Newbie at Annan, all through the night on 17/18 May 2012.

Jim and Joe had their route and equipment all mapped out and covered in the finest detail. BUT - no control over the weather, so their journey was through the freezing rain and night darkness.

How did it go ? Here's some basic info:- 225 miles travelled from the north of Scotland, down through the East Coast and across into Dumfries and Galloway. 8, 233 feet climbed, 8,880 calories used; average moving speed of 17mph; 12hrs 23mins of cycling; 32,913 pedal strokes and not one puncture!

On his arrival at Newbie, a very tired but still enthusiastic Jim Main said "It was a fantastic trip! Hard going in some parts, the weather made it a bit difficult but we were so determined to push on through - all for the kids in the Orphanages in Bucharest. We were delighted with the support we got from everyone. It's the Tour De France next year!"

Joe raised £581 for his Charity - Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Well done that young fella!

Jim raised £2,910.88 for The RAP Foundation, a Dumfries based Charity that support disadvantaged young people in Romania.

Jim has been out in Romania helping with the young people on their annual week's holiday which The RAP Foundation organise every year. "In 2011 I was priviliged to be part of a team of UK RAP volunteers going out to Romania to take a group of 35 Orphans on a holiday from their orphanage in Bucharest to a beach resort on Romania's Black Sea coast. To say it was a life changing event is an understatement. My 'normal' work is a whole universe away from the help I was able to give for these 8 days, and I came away with the feeling that I had got more from the trip than I had given to the youngsters I was there to help. This challenge is a chance for me to try and pay some of that back.

"The work RAP does is utterly invaluable to helping the well being and quality of life experienced by these children and young adults, the great majority of them being put in that position through no fault of their own.

"I know that every £ that I raised will be put to real use directly on the ground, whether it contributes towards this year's holiday trip or filling a sore tooth or getting nappies for a 30 years old child.'

John Glover, Chair of RAP thanked Jim and said -

" We are absolutely delighted that Jim and Joe thought of the young folk and decided to take up this challenge. They have been marvellous and the support that they have brought in has been fantastic. All of the money Jim has raised will go directly to the young people in Romania. They so enjoy their one week of sun and sand, having the chance to be just the same as all of us. It is quite humbling to see how much pleasure the young people get from the simple things, like playing in the sea, building sandcastles and dancing in the fairground. We just want o keep helping give that joy and a memory for the young folks to have. Jim and Joe's efforts and the money they have aided will go a long way to ensuring that the holiday this year, the 15th year, will go ahead."

That's Jim's story folks, what a great effort! The cash raised will go far towards this year's holiday and more memories for our young folk (and the Carers and Volunteers) in Romania, which we hope will take place on Sunday 26th August through to Saturday 1 September 2012. Can you help in any way to make this holiday another great one for the youngsters?