- Injured Rider – please read this.
I’ve taken this verbatim off a Brighton facebook group. It’s about an injured rider but how he was injured really could be any one of us – clipped a tree with the end of his bar and crashed. Now he’ll spend his life in a wheel chair.
anyway, details are all here:
You may have seen a few weeks ago reports of a rider injured on Malcolm Brenner at Stanmer and the efforts involved to extract him from the woods. At the time we asked for some space for the rider so that he, his family and his friends could all come to terms with what had happened and for his injuries to be assessed and treated.
Unfortunately Chris, who fell after clipping his bars on a tree, suffered a broken spine and is now paraplegic. After some time at St Georges hospital in London he has been transferred to a specialist spinal injuries rehabilitation centre in Stanmore where he can learn to live with his injury.
Chris has been incredibly accepting of his injury and it’s implications and is determined to create a life for himself and his family that is not defined by his condition.
We want to help Chris as much as we can both emotionally and with what he needs physically to live without being able to use his legs. One thing Chris would like is an appropriate wheelchair of his choosing.
So, we’ve done a few things:
Firstly, we’ve created a group called Team Cortado (Chris’ favourite coffee) to use as an umbrella for fundraising. Rich Mitch (@rich_mitch on Twitter) has created a logo for us reflecting Chris’ love of the South Downs, mtb and coffee. the design is below.
Second, there are Tees, Sweats and Hoodies available with the logo printed on in various sizes. These are organic cotton and very good quality. They are printed on demand (so we don’t have to buy and manage stock) and £2-£5 per sale will go to Chris. Have a look at what’s available here: https://teamcortado.teemill.com/ there’s a selection of styles colours etc but if you’d like a specific logo/tee colour combo that’s not listed we can create new ones easily and place them up for sale – DM me if you want anything specific. We’ll add to this over time and may also produce some event specific designs. If you click on a style/design there is a choice of colours for each. There’s mens and womens garments on the site. As an additional incentive to buy now all items bought from store are free postage until midnight on Sunday!
Third, events – we’ve got a couple of things planned: a day trip to France from Newhaven in mid-May where we’ll try and ride for 150 miles and also a South Downs Way in a day ride in early June. We’ll be asking people to make donations in support of those riding. We’ll also be looking to put something together around Big Dog to raise money (the organisers have agreed that they will help out with publicity).
Fourth – a justgiving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/team-cortado this allows you to make a donation that will be used to help Chris as he adjusts to his injury.
We’ll keep you updated as time goes on and further events etc occur.
I realise that this is a shock to many of you and, for most, there’ll be an element of ‘it could easily have been me’ but please can I ask that you make time to give some money for Chris and, next time you ride, be thankful that you’re out there and enjoying being on a bike
this is the logo on the clothing:
Posted 5 months ago
Thank you again to everyone who’s donated or bought a Tee – we’ve raised over £2800 since Friday – from this post on here, a few tweets and a local FB post.
I think the whole cycle community can see themselves in Chris position and, even more, want to help someone who finds themselves where he is.
Genuinely, I’m overwhelmed with the support we’ve had and I know Chris is too.
So thank you 🙂Posted 5 months ago
thanks all 🙂
If you’d like a shirt with a bit more zing I’ve just added this one:
Posted 5 months ago
Can take an hour or so to go live as they have to approve the design each time I add a product.Posted 5 months agojohnjn2000Subscriber
Tee bought. Well done for setting this up, and making it so professional. Scares the shit out of me when I see things like this, just starting to ride properly with my 11yr old and he is getting faster and faster. Anyway, lets hope the donations just keep flowing in, good luckPosted 5 months ago
French ride done:
Special thanks to Jo and Gavin for route choice, refreshment stop selection, keeping us all together and helping make it one of those special days riding where it all just seems to happen and suddenly you’re enjoying a beer after 100 miles.
Next up: South Downs Way in a day, 8th of June.Posted 4 months ago
We’re riding the SDW for Chris this coming Saturday, the 8th.
We need someone to drive a van for the bikes from Hove to Winchester and/or then back from Eastbourne. Leaving Hove 3:45am to Winchester, back leaving eastbourne 10pm. We’ll rent a van.
We have a minibus for the 17 riders.Posted 3 months ago
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