On February 22nd Dominic Welham, a pupil from Bootham School in York, undertook a 25-mile cycle ride with his friend Rob from Helmsley to Whitby to raise money for the clinics in Bhopal. Dominic, currently a GCSE student, decided to organise the fundraiser after one of our trustees visited the school last year to speak to the pupils about the Bhopal disaster and the work going on at the Sambhavna and Chingari clinics. Dominic setup a JustGiving page for the fundraiser with a target of £500. We are delighted to report that he easily surpassed his goal, raising more than double that amount!
Dominic kindly wrote about the experience for us in his own words:
‘The idea for this started last year, when a representative from the Bhopal Medical Appeal called Tim Edwards was brought in to do a morning meeting for the school, what he showed us during that meeting really affected me, the fact that one failure could destroy the lives of families and generations to come.
I decided I wanted to take action and try to help some of the victims of this disaster, so I planned a charity bike ride, from Helmsley to Whitby with one of my good friends Rob. We would set off from Helmsley at 10:30 and hopefully get to Whitby at around 1 o’clock. We had 3 stops, each at 10 mile intervals: Kirkbymoorside, Horcum Hole and Blue Bank.
Over the course of the ride we went through lots of different weathers: sun, rain, 20 mph wind and hail. The wind and hail was a nasty combination, especially when we were cycling in the open moors.
I’m really glad I managed to finish the ride and we’ve raised nearly £1000 which is incredible and I really hope it can help with the efforts to bring health to all who suffered.’
A big thank you to Dominic and Rob for undertaking this cycle ride and raising an incredible £1,022 for the clinics in Bhopal, as well as to the staff at Bootham and everybody else that donated and supported their efforts. It really is an amazing achievement!
You can visit Dominic’s JustGiving page using the link below:
If you are interested in holding an event or fundraiser for the Bhopal Medical Appeal in 2020, please contact us at [email protected] or on +44 (0)1273 603278 and let us know. We would love to help and can provide posters, flyers, and banners, as well as assistance with publicising your event.