Join me in helping young people acheive better lives
Please join me in our challenge to support projects that encourage disadvantaged vulnerable young people away from anti-social behaviour and criminal activity, enabling them to fulfil their potential. Thank you to the many generous donations folk like you have made to the trust.
My part: Stimulate donations by riding half of the Tour de France route: 11 stages from Clermont Ferrand to Paris – 1600 km with 28000 vertical metres, 11 days cycling, 1 rest day. Last year I had to withdraw when I came down with Covid: so this is a case of try, try and try again.
Your part: Donate (and encourage others to do the same) – using this funding page,
the Cycling – Le Loop
Le Loop follows the official route of the Tour de France, one week ahead of the professionals. I will ride the 2nd half, 5 July to 16 July 2023 – which starts in the centre of France in the Rhone region, and continues to the Jura, the Alps, and the Vosges before transferring to the finish in Paris
Le Loop is organised by the William Wates Memorial trust (WWMT) – all the riders pay for the costs and organisation, AND commit to raising funds for WWMT
Le Loop is no small undertaking. Riding even ONE stage of the Tour de France route is going to hurt! Please reward my pain by giving generously.
About the William Wates Memorial Trust and the projects it supports
The WWMT exists to enhance the lives of disadvantaged young people (ages 5 - 19) by encouraging vulnerable young people away from anti-social behaviour and criminal activity, enabling them to fulfill their potential. This is achieved by giving grants to charities that engage young people through the medium of sports, arts and education.
It's been a tough couple of years for charities and particularly for young people. This is my chance to give something back and help support young people who aren't lucky enough to enjoy the advantages in life that most of us take for granted.
Links about the WWMT
William Wates Page: https://wwmt.rideleloop.org/category/charities/
Check out the External References:
Charity COMMISSION FOR ENGLAND AND WALES https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?regId=1011213&subId=0
Rick Wates (Trustee) was recognised in 2021 with an OBE “For services to Children and Young People with Disabilities” Similarly his father Sir James Wates previously received an OBE and a knighthood for Services to Business and Charity.
The William Wates Memorial Trust supports around 20 to 25 charity projects at any given time. Here are 4 links to Facebook posts.
Motiv8 South - Gosport and Fareham Team : change the lives of Gosport youngsters who are struggling - recognised at the 'Kids Count' Inspiration Awards in UK Parliament
Sister System's mission is to bridge the gap between care-affected girls and mainstream society, to ensure they have the same opportunities everyone else has. As the only frontline organisation in London working in this area, SS supports 98 girls/young women aged 13-24 who are affected by the care system.
Sport Dans la Ville: for young French people: English proficiency and cultural awareness – to give them the confidence and mobility to take career opportunities in France and abroad.
The Baytree Centre INTO SCHOOL projects aims to support newly arrived migrant and refugee girls to transition to their life in the UK.
increase their networks and support them to feel safe and access other services to have better chances in life.