Tour de Curve – Challenge Completed!

This year, as part of The Curve’s charity fundraiser for Cavendish Cancer Care, Paul and Andrew decided to really push themselves and take on a serious challenge.

The plan was for The Curve’s very own Saints, Paul and Andrew, to cycle the length of the country, starting at St. Paul’s in London and to finish all the way up at St. Andrew’s in Scotland (See what we did there?) and that’s exactly what they did! All to raise awareness and support for our charity partner Cavendish Cancer Care who support cancer patients and their loved ones as well as offer specialist services for children.

In total Paul and Andrew raised over £6,140 (Not including Gift Aid) for Cavendish, cycling over 811km in six days! The route Paul and Andrew tackled encompassed a mix of urban and rural landscapes, as well as varying terrains and road conditions. They faced challenging hills and a few bits of bad weather along the way but that didn’t stop them! You can see the full route in the interactive map below.

Why It Matters

Cavendish Cancer Care’s Work
Their aim is to reduce the psychological, physical and emotional impact that cancer and its treatment brings. All Cavendish Cancer Care services are given on a self-referral and free of charge basis.

This includes face to face appointments at their home – the Tim Pryor Centre, based on Wilkinson Street close to the University of Sheffield. Cavendish also continues to offer live online and telephone appointments for clients who prefer this or where they cannot access the Centre for in person support.

Each donation to Cavendish Cancer Care helps them support individuals and families who have been impacted by various types of Cancer and ensures the charity can provide individual packages of support that alleviate the symptoms of cancer and its treatment.

Cavendish offer free of charge support that is individually tailored to that person as they understand that everyone’s needs are different.

They also offer support in person at their Tim Pryor Centre or remotely via telephone or video call for those who are unable to attend in person sessions.

This is all possible because of generous donations that help fund the treatment and support the services they provide, below are how these donations help Cavendish provide their services;

  • 81p in every £1 is spent directly on providing support
  • Every £28 raised funds an hour of therapy
  • Around 80% of specific issues are significantly improved by our care
  • Around 90% of people report an improvement in at least one of the issues identified
  • 100% of people say they would recommend Cavendish to their friends and family.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

A massive thank you to everyone who has contributed with a special thanks to our Hotel and Corporate sponsors who have made this challenge and fundraiser possible by providing equipment and accommodation along the way.

The Route

Day Zero – Sheffield to London St. Paul’s Hotel

Leaving Sheffield with a car full of gear and two very well serviced bikes strapped to the roof of Steve’s car; Paul, Andrew and support driver Steve set off down the M1 to London and our accommodation partner Z Hotel – Holborn.
Supported by The Z Hotel

Day One – The Grand Depart

2nd May – St. Paul’s Cathedral to Leicester – Depart the steps of SPC at 09:00 and roll out along the river Thames and eventually out on the A5 until it turns into the A41 at Edgware. Heading towards Watford, then Milton Keynes (passing red Bull Racing) and onto Northampton and all the way to Leicester.
See the route;
Supported by The Gresham

Day Two – Into The Office

3rd May – Leicester to Sheffield, The Curve HQ –The Route takes us from Leicester & through Loughborough before turning right on the A453 towards Nottingham, where we then head straight up to Sheffield.
The Route;
Supported by Mosborough Hall, Best Western Hotel

Day Three – Heading For York

4th May – Sheffield to York Leaving Sheffield City Centre on the A628 and heading for North West for Doncaster, Selby and through York before going on to rest and the Pheasant Hotel just East of Ripon.
The Route;
Supported by The Pheasant Hotel

Day Four – How Much Further North?!

5th May – York to Newcastle – Winding our way through the western Dales and  the North Pennies, we start to head towards the coast and finally a little bit of downhill, towards Newcastle upon Tyne and stopping at the Sandman Signature hotel.
The Route;
Supported by The Sandman

Day Five – Crossing the Border

6th May – Newcastle to Edinburgh – Leaving Newcastle, the boys then head to Edinburgh, taking in Northumberland national Park before crossing the Boarder at the Tour’s 2nd highest point at Jedburgh and coming to rest at the Wheatsheaf Hotel & Restaurant.
The Route;
Supported by The Wheatsheaf Hotel & Restaurant

Day Six – The Home Stretch

7th May – Edinburgh to St. Andrews – via 76 The final leg of the journey see’s us head for and through Edinburgh and onto the Queensferry Bridge. Once crossed, we’re onto Glenrothes and the flag of St. Andrew’s will be in sight!
The Route;
Supported by Pinewood Country House