Dan and Jan can - why we recognised them with Certificates of Appreciation
Kaye wrote: "I'm a member of Cycling UK and ride out with the Alton-based group, which is part of Cycling UK North Hampshire. I would like recognition for Dan Montgomerie who has organised the annual Phil Hampton ride each March for many years. This event is a great season opener with 30 and 50-mile rides. It also raises thousands of pounds the Cyclists' Defence Fund (CDF) in memory of Phil Hampton, who was killed on a ride."
She adds: "Dan is a quiet, unassuming man who voluntarily arranges the event alongside his wife Jan. Dan plans and then rides the routes to double check that they’re safe, once he’s set them up. The routes have changed over the years but 30 and 50 mile distances are the current challenges. Meanwhile, Jan undertakes all the admin.
By doing so, they are encouraging cyclists from all around Surrey and Hampshire to get out cycling and raise a lot of money for a worthy cause. To date, we think the amount raised is around £5,000, with attendance increasing every year."
Over the last ten years, around £5000 has been raised and donated by the organisers of the Phil Hampton Memorial Ride, and it’s that kind of consistent and determined effort and generosity that’s kept CDF going.
Duncan Dollimore, Head of Campaigns, Cycling UK
Cycling UK's Head of Campaigns, Duncan Dollimore, says: "The work funded through the Cyclists’ Defence Fund can only carry on because, year after year, individual supporters and clubs carry on donating.
Over the last ten years, around £5,000 has been raised and donated by the organisers of the Phil Hampton Memorial Ride, and it’s that kind of consistent and determined effort and generosity that’s kept CDF going.
It’s such a shame that events like this are having to be cancelled this year because of COVID-19, but I sure next year’s event will be back with a bang.”
In addition to all of the above, Dan and Jan are both regular ride leaders for Cycling UK North Hants, as well as taking out groups during Cycling UK's New Forest Cycling Week, which they have attended every year for many years.
Congratulations to Dan and Jan and many thanks from everyone at Cycling UK for your fantastic efforts, which have enabled hundreds more people to enjoy cycling.
Do you know someone who deserves a Certificate of Appreciation from Cycling UK? If so, get in touch with the Volunteering Team and let us know why.