Clinton Devon Estates’ pedal power raising funds for FORCE
The team’s preparations are now well underway for the 19th annual event taking place on Sunday 24 June, which will see cyclists take on either a 100 mile or 55-mile circuit across Devon.
The challenge began in 2000 in memory of Topsham resident and cycling enthusiast Nello Ghezzo who lost his life to cancer. The chosen route was one of Nello’s favourites, offering challenging hills, exciting downhill sections and stunning scenery.
The challenge is not a race, but in the absence of competition there is an overriding determination to raise as much money as possible for the charity. Participants and their donors have raised an incredible £80,000 for FORCE since the race began.
In 2017, a team of seven from Clinton Devon Estates took on the challenge raising over £1,200. Estates Director, John Varley, was part of Clinton’s Nello team last year and will once again be taking on the 100-mile route.
John said: “The Nello Challenge is a tough event but is entirely worthwhile when you know it is for such a great cause and one that supports people within our community at a real time of need.”
FORCE strive to improve patient care by assisting in the purchase of advanced equipment and funding for vital research at the University of Exeter Medical School.
If you would like to sponsor the team, please donate via their Virgin Money Fundraiser page here. To find out more about the Nello Challenge, visit the event page here.