GLFB Royal Patron The Countess of Wessex completes cycle challenge

Sophie, HRH The Countess of Wessex and GLFB Patron completed a 445-mile cycle ride from the Palace of Hollyroodhouse to Buckingham Palace in support of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

GLFB Patron Sophie The Countess of Wessex cycles on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace

GLFB Patron Sophie The Countess of Wessex cycles on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace

As  a long-term supporter of the DofE, The Countess set out to do something special to mark its 60th anniversary.

When asked to take part in the Diamond anniversary appeal, Sophie gave some thought on what she could do to rise to the challenge:

So what could I do? It had to be something outside my comfort zone that was challenging enough to require a high level of personal commitment. Cycling is something I only tend to do with my children and never for more than the odd hour. It is something I’ve always found to be one of the more testing forms of exercise physically and mentally, so cycling it had to be!”

The result is an amazing £182,360 raised in support of the DofE’s work. The funds raised will give many more young people in the UK the opportunity to experience the life changing opportunities the Award offers.

The Greater London Fund for the Blind is proud of this excellent achievement and the positive impact it will make to the young people who will go on to benefit from the anniversary appeal.

To find out more about the cycle challenge and read The Countess’ personal account please click here.

The Countess of Wessex (centre) crosses the border between Scotland and England at Carter Bar with other riders

The Countess of Wessex (centre) crosses the border between Scotland and England at Carter Bar with other riders, as she takes part in a cycling challenge from the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace in London, for her DofE Diamond Challenge. (Photo courtesy The Countess of Wessex DofE challenge blog.)

For Sophie’s JustGiving page please click here.