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16 May 2022

Rob's epic motorbike fundraiser to the Arctic Circle

Rob’s epic motorbike fundraiser to the Arctic Circle

A Hospice supporter is taking a Sunday afternoon motorbike ride a bit further than most, by embarking on a 3,000-mile solo journey to the Arctic Circle.

Rob Edwards will set off for Nordkapp – Europe’s most northerly point – in June in what will be an epic fundraiser for St Michael’s.

“I wanted to do something that was a challenge, otherwise there’s no point,” said Rob.

“Everyone goes south when they do adventures like this, so to ride into the Arctic Circle is something not many people look to do.

“I’m apprehensive about it as I’ll be completely on my own, but I know that once I get on the road, I’ll be fine.

“In any case, this is a challenge that I’ve chosen to do.

“Those who require the wonderful care provided by St Michael’s don’t have a choice about the situation they’re in. “And that’s why I’m doing this – to raise as much money as possible for St Michael’s to enable them to continue providing free palliative care to those in our community.”

Rob is independently funded for the journey, ensuring all fundraising comes direct to the Hospice.

He is very grateful though for the support of a number of individuals and businesses who are helping him with the mission.

Rob will leave England on Sunday 5th June, heading into the Netherlands, then Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. He will make a slight detour once in Norway to visit the village perhaps aptly named ‘Hell’. 

His final destination of Nordkapp is a cold and remote wilderness where he’s more likely to encounter polar bears than humans.
He’ll have no problem seeing his stunning surrounds though as he’ll be visiting in summer during the famous ‘midnight sun’ period where there’s daylight 24 hours a day.  

Rob has been a member of the Hospice Angels fundraising group since 2005.

He says he has wanted to explore Norway since a visit to neighbouring Sweden in 2006 with Hospice Angels founder Mike Pullin.

Since forming in 2003, the Angels have raised more than £600,000 for St Michael’s.

Rob sets off from St Michael’s Hospice in Bartestree on Sunday 5th June at about 1pm.

All are welcome to bid him a fond farewell.

You can sponsor Rob by visiting his JustGiving page here

Those who have helped Rob:

Lee Motorcycles
Highfield Hideaway Presteigne
Mick Gwynn Transport
RPM Motors
Lectrol Ltd
Martin Meredith Plant Hire & Groundworks
Dean James range cooker specialist

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