Nominations are now open for 2019 Charitable Initiative in association with Sports Tours international.
For our Charitable Initiative Award we are looking for individual or group who set out on their bikes to raise money or awareness for a good cause. The amount of money raised may play a part, but this is also about an inspiring story and a genuine commitment to make a difference for or through cycling.
The winner in 2018 was Jack Talbot. Jack Talbot started fundraising after he was hit by a drunk driver who was trying to escape the police at 50mph.
After sustaining a life-threatening head injury and spending 13 days in a coma, Jack recovered to raise £7,000 for the Air Ambulance.
Jack Talbot is a paramedic and used to dealing with life and death situations regularly. But it was his own experience after being hit by a drunk driver at 50mph trying to escape the police that really made him appreciate the life-saving work of the Great North Air Ambulance. In fact, it is fair to say that his own brush with death inspired him. So, after a period of recuperation, Talbot got back on his bike to try to repay a little of the priceless work the Great North Air Ambulance did for him.
For starters, he organised a coast-to-coast ride for all the cycling clubs near his home in the north of England and, together with 25 fellow riders, he raised over £7,000.
“It’s a pretty classic thing to say, but I really didn’t think I would win,” Talbot said after receiving his award for the Best Charitable Initiative, sponsored by Sports Tours International. “I was just happy to be there, to be in the same room as all those amazing people that I have looked up to my whole life. I couldn’t believe it. To then to go on and actually win the award was crazy.”
Nominations will close on Friday August 30, 2019
Once we close the nominations, our judging panel, will review the entries and select the winner of the 2019 Best Charitable Initiative.
The winners will be announced at the Cycling Weekly Awards Ceremony which will take place at 8 Northumberland Avenue, in London, on November 28, 2019.
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