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Coast to Coast Adventure: A Heartwarming Journey for Charity

Published on 19th July 2023

In a world where holidays are often associated with rest and relaxation, some choose to embark on extraordinary adventures for a greater cause. During my recent long weekend holiday, I had the incredible opportunity to support the Red Sky coast-to-coast challenge, which raised an impressive total of £33,500 for charity. This thrilling bike ride took us from Edinburgh to Roker Sunderland, covering 150 miles over three days. There were some remarkable experiences and heartwarming moments from this memorable journey.

Supporting a Worthy Cause

The primary aim of the Red Sky coast-to-coast challenge was to raise funds for essential equipment in hospitals and Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Additionally, the proceeds will support counselling services for families who have generously donated organs. With a deep sense of purpose, our dedicated team of participants came together to make a significant difference in the lives of those in need.

The Adventure Unfolds

As a support driver and medic, I played a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of the riders throughout the journey. Our route went from the captivating city of Edinburgh to the picturesque coastal town of Roker Sunderland. Along the way, we encountered breathtaking landscapes, challenging terrains, and the unwavering spirit of camaraderie.

Companions on the Road

To make our adventure even more memorable, we were joined by Linda, a friendly groupie who offered us encouragement and cheer along the entire route. Her infectious enthusiasm and unwavering support kept our spirits high, motivating us to push beyond our limits.

Rest and Rejuvenation

After an exhilarating day of cycling, our accommodations provided the perfect haven for rest and rejuvenation. We stayed in a comfortable Youth Hostel and a bike-friendly bunkhouse, ensuring that we had the energy to face each new day’s challenges.

Making a Lasting Impact

The Red Sky coast to coast challenge is a testament to the power of collective action and the difference we can make when we come together for a noble cause. The funds raised will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals, providing vital resources and support where it is needed the most.

Participating in the Red Sky coast to coast challenge was a life-changing experience, filled with adventure, camaraderie, and a profound sense of purpose. As I reflect on the journey and the remarkable amount of £33,500 raised, I am reminded that holidays can be so much more than mere relaxation. They can be an opportunity to make a positive impact and leave a lasting legacy of compassion and generosity.

Congratulations to all those who completed the epic cycle ride, it was a pleasure to support you on your journey. If you feel inspired by my story, I urge you to seek out similar opportunities to make a difference in your own community.

Rob Higgie

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Rob Higgie - Regional Sales Manager

Rob Higgie, Regional Sales Manager at Martek Lifecare, is an experienced community first responder with 11 years of experience in the field, and as of January 2023, he’s attended 86 cardiac arrests, resulting in 28 ROSCs (return of spontaneous circulation).

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