The former Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary has raised thousands of pounds for a local children’s charity after completing a 300 mile bike ride in just four days.
Julie Spence, who became a trustee of Ormiston Children & Families Trust just four months ago, raised over £5,000 for the organisation after taking part in a London to Paris cycle challenge last week.
Julie was part of a team of 18 Ormiston riders, which also included Francesca Rust, the President of Anglia Ruskin University’s Student’s Union and Jeff Massey, Ormiston’s Corporate Partnerships Executive, who is based in Chesterton. Collectively, the cyclists are hoping to raise £30,000 for the charity.
Although cycling from London to Paris is widely regarded as being one of the best and most picturesque cycling experiences is Europe, the undulating terrain and strenuous hill climbs meant the Ormiston team had their work cut out.
Julie said: “We made it to the Eiffel Tower at 3pm on Saturday afternoon after 312 miles of some very steep, heart-pumping ups and some equally adrenaline-rushing downs. It was definitely a challenge and my left thigh was feeling well and truly used and abused by the time we got to Paris.
“We were soaked, we had sun, we ached, we had punctures, skidded, fell off and got momentarily lost, we laughed and we learnt a lot about our own capabilities, but we all arrived in Paris in one piece. Most importantly though, is that we have done our best to raise money for youngsters who are less fortunate than ourselves, so they get a better start in life and can become thriving contributors to society.”
In Cambridgeshire, Ormiston Children & Families Trust runs two children’s centres in March and Chatteris supporting families with children under five, works with children who are affected by imprisonment, delivers a Travellers Health Advocacy Project and offers a wide range parenting support programmes across the county. The charity is one of the leading children’s charities in East Anglia, with more than 40 services spread across six counties.
The London to Paris challenge is not the first time Julie has been involved with one of Ormiston’s fundraising events. In March, just weeks after becoming a trustee she was instrumental in making its Jail & Bail fundraiser in Cambridgeshire a huge success, raising more than £20,000.