In September 2023, myself and Neil Laughton, penny farthing cyclist will begin a challenging and inspiring 700-kilometer journey across Ukraine, all in the name of charity. Over the course of 10 days, the team will pedal from the Black Sea port city of Odesa to the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, raising money and awareness for Siobhans Trust.
This extraordinary undertaking aims to shed light on the work undertaken by Siobhans Trust (www.siobhanstrust.uk) who provide support, solidarity and pizzas to IDPs in Ukraine.
With a strong commitment to helping Ukrainians, Paula, who has already cycled across 16 countries and volunteered in Ukraine for Siobhans Trust, has chosen this unique cycling expedition as a means to generate awareness and financial aid for the Trust. Each mile conquered will serve as a symbol of resilience and determination for those who remain in Ukraine.
“It is an honour and a privilege to embark on this unforgettable journey,” said Paula. “Cycling across Ukraine, from Odesa to Chernobyl, presents an opportunity to raise awareness for Siobhans Trust and contribute to their courageous and unique mission. I hope that my efforts will inspire others to fundraise or volunteer. Not only that, I hope that the locals I meet along the way will see me and find some strength or solace in my presence”.
“We are profoundly grateful to Paula and Neil for their exceptional commitment and determination to undertake this incredible cycling journey on behalf of Siobhans Trust,” said Trustee David Fox-Pitt, MBE, of Siobhans Trust. “Their passion and support will help us further our mission and continue offering hot food and solidarity to remaining Ukrainians during their most challenging times. We encourage everyone to rally behind them as they embark on this adventure and help us make a lasting difference.”
Mark Beaumont, World Record Holder who cycled round-the-world in 79 days says: “Cycling across Ukraine is an inspired journey to remind us of the beautiful culture and geography behind the stories of war that we have become so accustomed to. Raising funds for the ongoing and work of Siobhan’s Trust is vital, a grassroots charity which has been on the ground since the invasion, bringing food and laughter to displaced families. Knowing Paula and Neil, they will take on this adventure with great passion and positive impact, so I encourage you to support them in any way you can.”