…and we would cycle 500 miles!

Posted on June 6, 2016

We believe in our young people, so much so in fact, that to mark this year’s #VolunteersWeekScot celebrations we packed our CEO Paul off on an epic 500 mile fundraising journey across Scotland’s Northern coastline. This 500+ mile cycle included a brutal 7 mile incline described as ‘The Holy Grail’ and ‘The toughest and wildest climb in Britain’ for cyclists.  It climbs to over 2000 feet and includes 20% gradient sections along the way.

So why this challenge?

"The Holy Grail"

“The Holy Grail”

We asked Paul what made him decide to commit to 5 days of arduous cycling and he had this to say:  “In September 2013, I was offered the privilege of becoming Chief Executive of ProjectScotland. We’ve helped over 5000 young people who in turn have contributed over three million volunteering hours to hundreds of good causes throughout Scotland.  The project is truly life changing.  I’ve met some wonderful young people, struggling to find their way and tackling a number of issues from offending pasts, addiction issues, and mental health problems, right through to some of the most talented youngsters who have suffered a confidence crisis following the difficulties young people have faced in finding employment in recent times.”

Paul completed the challenge on a tandem bike with his dad, Tim Reddish, who’s achievements include two world triathlon championships, 36 international swimming medals from Paralympics, World and European championships, a London marathon and a tandem skydive.

Smiley faces of Paul and Tim at the finish line in a sunny Inverness!

Smiley faces of Paul and Tim at the finish line in a sunny Inverness!

After setting off at 7am Wednesday 1 June, Paul and Tim cycled 115 miles to mark day 1 of their challenge. They spent 35 hours in the saddle over 5 days, with the longest day seeing them battle brutal headwinds, hailstorms, and over 9,000ft of climbing. They crossed the ‘finish line’, arriving in Inverness at 12.30pm on Sunday June 5, sped on by a gratefully received tailwind. At present Paul has fundraised a whopping £1,950 to help support more young people through ProjectScotland.

And to top it all off, he’s back in the office today supporting the ProjectScotland team. (Although we suspect his desk chair is a welcome change from his bike saddle!)

If you’d like to sponsor Paul and show your support for young people in Scotland, you can donate here.