Matthew’s Cycling Challenge

Local man Matthew Bowman is combining his love of cricket and cycling to raise funds for Alice House Hospice

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected charities across the country and Alice House Hospice had to make the difficult decision to postpone and cancel fundraising events.  That, added to the lost income from the Hospice Shops which had to close their doors, has created a shortfall in their fundraising for the year.

Matthew was inspired to raise money to help make up this shortfall because his Gran and her family were cared for at Alice House before she died 20 years ago.

Matthew was trying to think of ways to fundraise and came up with an idea!   As he is moving to Hartlepool cricket club to play and coach, he has calculated the mileage to every ground he would have played at, together with the grounds he would have coached the U12s at.   He will visit some of the grounds in person, cataloguing his visits on camera and for others he will cycle the equivalent mileage.  This adds up to an impressive 387 miles.  Matthew is working at school every day but, now he is finished University, he is using that time to complete the miles throughout June.”

Matthew said, “I need a challenge to keep me busy as although I am working in school every day my cricket coaching and playing and cricket holiday courses are on hold. I really enjoyed taking part in the Cycle a Marathon event and that has motivated me to go out on my bike over the last few weeks. When I was thinking of a challenge I decided to combine my two favourite things, cricket and cycling. To keep me going I needed a reason not to stop and thought helping Alice House was a good incentive. I have worked out how many miles I would have travelled to each away fixture both for my team and the U12s I coach and am aiming to cycle the 367 miles by the end of June.”

 To support Matthew with his challenge you can sponsor him by following this link – Support Matthew’s Cycling Challenge

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