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September 22, 2011

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Hello all

Those of you who regularly follow the blog will know that Peter and the ‘All Aboard’ team took part in The Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace bike ride last Sunday. Over the last few months the team have been training and raising sponsorship money – a big thank you to all of you who sponsored, your contributions will make a big difference to young people in the UK. Have a look at this link to find out more about the trust and how the money we raised will help with the great work that they do: Prince’s Trust 

So, on Sunday 18 September the team took a coach up to London to join the thousands of other cyclists taking part in the ride, this is the 5th year the ride has taken place and last Sunday saw the largest number of participants – over 3000! The ride starts at Buckingham Palace and finishes 45 miles away at Windsor Castle. There were people of all ages taking part, some dressed as Boris Johnson – riding ‘Boris Bikes’, a Wills and Kate look-alike on a tandem and even a tiger made an appearance!

Here’s the All Aboard team ready for the miles ahead:

And here we are at the starting point:

After 3 hours 45 minutes, 45 miles and some challenging hills we reached the finish line in Windsor, where hundreds of supporters were cheering and clapping for their friends and family and we were each presented with a wonderful medal.

From sponsorship and events leading up to the ride we reached a grand total of…… £10,000!! And as Gold Patrons of The Prince’s Trust we have now raised over £650,000 – thank you to all of you who have helped us.

A couple of days after the bike ride we were involved in another Prince’s Trust event, this time it was on board Queen Mary 2. Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles hosted a lunch and tour of our flagship for a group from The Prince’s Trust, here he is during his entertaining speech in the Commodore Club:

That’s all for now, we’ll be back next week with guest blogs from Queen Mary 2 and Quen Victoria, and soon as we have all of the details of Queen Mary 2′s refit in November – you will hear it here first.

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  1. sheila hedderick says:

    Thanks Peter for your interesting blog. Hoping QM2 will install a Lawn Bowling Green during the refit.

  2. Bill Bradbury says:

    Well done a magnificent amount. I work closely with the Trust, via my Council work which we support financially, and the support it gives to those young people who need a focus and start in the job market. To raise more as a suggestion why not set up a cycle machine on board any or all of the ships in a central position and get the crew/staff to spell a period of their time (and fitness?) to reach a certain mileage in say 12 hours. The Captains could probably do with some exercise? Put a collection bucket close by. Just a thought. Our local shop did this and raised quite a significant amount just from loose change.

  3. Roger Waterfall says:

    Well done ‘All aboard team’.
    Thanks for the report and photos, it’s good to get feedback from donations (not always the case)

  4. Beryl Moss says:

    Well Done Peter and all your team.

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