Charities And Making A Difference
Richard has been involved in supporting different charities since a young age. It has been part of his upbringing and DNA. Put simply, if you get to live your life the way you want then you should try and make a difference to those less fortunate.
Early charitable endeavours started in Scouts with hikes and bikes and also through his family where Di, and Alan, organized a lorry to Poland full of aid for the orphanages there. As a teenager witnessing four small children living in a tiny box room in the orphanage with a handful of processions had a big impact. Since then Richard has cycled London to Paris twice for the NSPCC and completed various challenges for charity including Tough Guy, running marathons (with no training) and local events.
Over the years Richard also responded to different events and issues by organizing his own events to raise money which included:
- Canoeing the Great Glenn Canoe Trail for WaterAid and the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust
- Canoeing Bedford to the Wash for WaterAid and the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust
- Organising a charity rugby match for the mighty Bedford Swifts versus the England Fire Service Rugby Team
- Completing the Ski to the Edge expedition to raise money for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
Most recently on becoming an a human powered adventurer then Richard has supported, publicized and fundraised for a number of important causes. Each one is special to him and he has tried to make a difference through his endeavours.
Charities Richard has supported and worked with include:
- Muscle Help Foundation
- River Access Campaign
- Royal National Lifeboat Institution
- Marine Conservation Society
- SportsAid – The Charity for Sport
- Hopes and Homes for Children
- Cranfield Trust
- Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
- Team Beds and Luton (Board Member)
- Build Africa