A volunteer cadet leader, supporting a group of Cheshire Fire Cadets raising funds for a school project in Nepal, is heading to Asia with his bike to help with fundraising.
Cycling in temperatures of over 30 degrees, Ben Bradbury has embarked on a 12 day cycling adventure which will take him through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
The cadet leader from Sandbach has been actively involved with Cheshire Fire Cadet life for around 20 years and, in October 2017, will accompany a team of cadets and leaders to Nepal to build much needed classrooms at a village school, but first the group need to raise over £70,000 for the project.
Ben’s epic bike ride will take him from Bangkok to Saigon, covering 500km to raise his share of the money and is asking people to give generously.
Volunteer cadet area advisor for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Ben said: “I went out to Nepal with a group of cadets two years ago and was amazed how much of a difference we made to young people’s education.
“Working with the charity Classrooms in the Clouds we raised enough money to build a school which will be used for generations to come. Next year we plan to build eight classrooms at an already established school, but first need to raise over £70,000 hence this epic charity bike ride.”
The school that’s in the village now is not a nice environment for the children to be in, let alone learn in, and is very cramped. The cadets need to raise more than £70,000 to build six new classrooms on the side of the existing building.
Nick Evans is the head of prevention at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and will be accompanying the cadets and cadet leaders on the trip.
He said: “I wish Ben a safe journey and I hope that people realise how hard a fundraising task he’s set himself and give generously. Any money he raises during this cycle ride will be used for flights to Nepal for the group, and to enable them to buy all materials needed to build the new classrooms and finish them to a good standard. The village children need a better and safer place in which to learn and we can help with that.”
Nepal is currently the 12th most illiterate and 17th poorest country in the world. Devastated by a huge earthquake, this project provides future prospects for those living in the aftermath of those tragic events whilst providing opportunities for our fire cadets who will learn skills which will hopefully last them a lifetime.
Please take a look at Ben’s page for more information: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/benbradburycycle