Today, British double gold-medal-winning Paralympian, Steve Bate MBE, will embark on the ‘Deloitte Ride Across Britain’ event to help raise vital funds for national disability charity Sense.
39-year-old Steve Bate, who has Retinitis Pigmentosa and is visually impaired, will lead a team of ten cyclists from Land’s End to John O’Groats [LEJOG] in a bid to help raise over a combined fundraising total of £30,000 for Sense, a disability charity that supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments and complex needs.
The epic 969 mile ride will take place between the September 9-17, with the cyclists travelling through 23 counties across England, Wales and Scotland.
Remarkably, Steve, who has decided to personally attempt to raise over £10,000 towards the groups fundraising target; will also be attempting the race on a his Sonder Vir Fortis to make the trek more challenging for himself. If successful, it is thought Steve will be the first person to complete the journey on a fatbike.
Steve, who only has 6% of his eyesight remaining, says he chose to support Sense after presenting at their annual charity awards last year and witnessing first-hand the support the charity gives to people with sensory impairments and complex communication needs.
Steve Bate MBE, said:
“The work that Sense does is incredibly close to my heart, which is why I jumped at the chance to lead the team riding for the charity at this year’s ‘Ride Across Britain’ event.
“Last year, I was invited to meet some of the people that Sense work with, and I witnessed first-hand the incredible support the charity offers to enable people with sight and hearing impairments to lead full and active lives.
“It feels great to be able to play my part raising valuable funds for Sense; and out of the group’s £30,000 target, I’m personally hoping to raise £10,000, which is just £10 for each mile I’ll be cycling over course of nine days.
“I’ve also decided to challenge myself even further by taking to the road on my ‘fat bike’, which will make the journey more difficult; but no matter how tough it gets, knowing that every mile of the ride will make a difference to the lives of people with complex communications needs really is the ultimate motivation.”
Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive of Sense, said:
“We are tremendously excited to have a double gold medal winning Paralympian as our ambassador for the prestigious ‘Ride Across Britain’ event and we are humbled that he has chosen to personally raise £10,000 in aid of Sense.
Steve is wonderful person and an inspirational figure, who has overcome incredible challenges to achieve what he has, and demonstrate that where there is disability, there is ability.”
Steve is no stranger to epic firsts. Prior to his heroics at the 2016 Paralympics, in 2013 Steve became the first visually impaired climber to solo El Capitan, a shear 3000ft rock face in the Yosemite Valley, California.
To show your support for Steve’s efforts please visit Steve Bate’s Just Giving page.