HELP US SAVE XMAS F0R SHOOTING STAR CHILDREN'S HOSPICE

Join us on our 8th annual Santa Charity Cycle

14 Days
18Hours
23Minutes
34Seconds

ANY BIKE, ANY DISTANCE, ANY DONATION.

We know Covid-19 has stopped a number of events this year, but we're not letting it stop us as we get ready for our 8th annual Santa Cycle... This year however, we will be doing it virtually so you can join us from anywhere.

While we are unable to physically give gifts this year, we are planning to virtually cycle to go fetch donations from Santa in Lapland and bring them back to London to help save Christmas.

For the last 7 years we have cycled our 20 km route from Richmond, SW London to Shooting Star Children's Hospice in Hampton, to deliver gifts to the incredible children who are suffering with life limiting illnesses.

This year they need us even more! Covid-19 has had a massive impact on the charity, forcing them to close the hospice in Hampton, leaving a number of families without the much needed and amazing support they provide. We hope to raise as much money as possible to support them.

DATE

12th and 13th December 2020


TIME

Any time that weekend before 6PM on Sunday


WHERE

Outdoors anywhere in the world OR indoors on Zwift

CAN WE HIT OUR FUNDRAISING TARGET OF £5,000 TO SUPPORT SHOOTING STAR HOSPICE THIS CHRISTMAS?



WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?


Instead of cycling to the Hospice this year, we will collectively be cycling (virtually) the total distance of 6138 km from London to Lapland in Finland to bring back Santa's donations for the Hospice in time for Christmas. 

You can cycle outdoors wherever you are based and ride any distance to help us hit our cumulative total distance
 
OR 


join us for a virtual ride on Zwift at 9:00 AM on Sat 12th (circa 40-50km) and/or 10:00 AM (circa 20-30km) Sun the 13th December

OR

Do your own indoor cycle at any time

1.

SIGN UP

Sign up for free below, and commit to cycling a certain distance on the 12/13th December to help us hit our epic goal of collectively cycling to Lapland and back.  

2.

CYCLE

Cycle your committed distance on the 12th and/or 13th December and upload your mileage to our private Strava page to help us hit our target of 6,138 km in 2 days. Don't have Strava? See FAQ below.

3.

FUNDRAISE

As we are unable to deliver gifts this year, we ask each rider to  donate as much as they are able to in lieu of a present. Fundraising can be as easy as sending an email and sharing our fundraising page on social media.

4.

STAY CONNECTED

Join our private Facebook Group, our communication hub for this charity ride. Here we will be updating you with all the details about the event, tracking fundraising activity and updating you live on the 12th and 13th of December. We will keep you regularly updated on how we are doing in terms of hitting our 6138 km target and £5,000 fundraising goal. 

There are prizes for most festive Santa or bike, so start planning your costume and decorations now.

5.

CONNECT ON ZWIFT 

If you are planning to join us on one of our Zwift organised rides, please follow the below instructions :

  • 1. Follow "Matt Drake (Njinga Cycling)" on Zwift using the Companion app 
  • 2. Email matthewkdrake@hotmail.com saying:
a)What is your Zwift user name 
b) Which ride you will do- Sat 9am (40-50km) and/or Sun 10am (20-30km)
c) You will be sent a Zwift Meet-up 7 days before the event which you can accept on your Zwift Companion App


WHAT CHARITY WILL BE BENEFITING?


HELP SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH LIFE LIMITING ILLNESSES

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices is a lifeline to so many families and this has never been more apparent than during the current pandemic. COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the delivery of their vital services and a huge impact on their fundraising income.

Their vital hospice service for those most vulnerable in the community is needed more than ever. Quite simply, without them, the families they support would have nowhere left to turn.  The charity have had to adapt and find new and different ways to deliver care, remain connected with families and give them support when it’s most needed.

With only 10% of their funding from the government, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices relies on supporters’ generosity to continue to provide care and support, which is needed now more than ever.

PRIZES FOR THE BEST DRESSED SANTAS, SO GET YOUR SUITS OUT AND YOUR BEARDS BRUSHED 


WHO IS NJINGA CYCLING ACADEMY

 At Njinga Cycling Academy we are about more than just the bike. As a cycle training and coaching business we have helped thousands of riders improve their cycling over the years. However, it's the incredible community we have created off the back of this that has been a big support in helping us raise thousands of pounds for those less fortunate.

For the last 7 years we have supported Shooting Star Hospice with an annual Santa ride to raise funds for their incredible children's hospice. However, right now Covid-19 has been particularly challenging for them, forcing them to close the hospice in Hampton and only  provide end-of-life care and urgent or emergency respite, out of their Guildford hospice. We are desperate to help all the children and families who are impacted by this.


Please join us in supporting this incredibly worthy cause and help raise some life changing funds to allow Shooting Star Children's Hospice to continue the inspiring work they do. 

SIGN UP NOW

and join us on our epic virtual charity cycle from London to Lapland and back


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FAQ's

Check out our list of FAQs below. If you are still not able to find an answer to your question, please reach out to us at info@njingacycling.com

The best way to sign up is online on this website. You will need to provide your contact details and your total distance you commit to riding on the day(s) plus how much you aim to raise for charity.

Yes, as long as you ride on either the 12 and/ or 13th December, your total kms for those two days will count.

You must upload your km’s cycled directly into the event STRAVA page. Please ensure you name your relevant ride(s) with the following precursor: Njinga's Santa Cycle. If you don't have a strava account please email us at info@njingacycling.com with a photo of your bike computer showing the distance you cycled, with you in the picture in your festive costume :) or upload to the Facebook group.

This event is virtual so each rider is responsible for their own safety. We also want to make sure this event is run safely in the current climate so each rider needs to ensure they follow the Covid-19 rules of cycling and social distancing. No big groups of riders allowed.

No, each rider, regardless of where they are based, will be committing to cycle a safe route that they determine. You choose the distance and how challenging it is.

No. There are some tricky parts to navigate across the icy fields of Lapland so we accept all riders on mountain bikes, gravel bikes, hybrids, stationary bikes and Bromptons. Just make sure you ride your committed distance and log the kms online.

This event is primarily a fundraising event. By registering, you are joining a group of like-minded individuals coming together to change the lives of children and adults who have had their lives severely impacted as a result of Covid -19. 

All money raised will go to Shooting Star Children's Hospice.