On Sunday you can take part in Cycle to the Arctic at the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club and raise money for a great cause.
The venue in Howwood is holding an Open Day from 12pm to 4pm, where the public can view everything that the country club offers.
And as part of the day, there is an opportunity to take part in a charity challenge to raise money for When You Wish Upon a Star Scotland.
The charity helps to bring smiles to children aged 4-17 years who live with a life-threatening illness by giving them memories to treasure. One of the wishes they grant is taking children and their families on a magical trip to Lapland in Finland to visit Santa.
It’s estimated that there’s over 2,000 miles (3219km) from the Bowfield Hotel in Howwood to Santa’s home in Rovaniemi in Finland. And the venue will have 16 bikes ready to go, they’ve estimated that they need to keep each bike going continuously for at least five hours, cycling an average of 30 miles an hour.
The Bowfield Hotel Spinathon is in support of their receptionist Viv Webster, and her daughter Sophie who are raising money for When You Wish Upon a Star by trekking 70km across the Arctic Circle during three days in February.
Viv and Sophie’s Arctic Trek starts at Santa’s home in Rovaniemi in Finland. They will be pulling all their own kit in an expedition pulk, battling the elements and sleeping in tents. Last year’s Arctic trek saw the group experience temperatures of -40 degrees.
It costs £450 per child to make the trip to Lapland and £900 for a child and guardian. A specially chartered plane takes families who meet the charity’s criteria on a journey they’ll never forget.
Last year’s Arctic trek raised a total of over £83k. This year Viv and Sophie have set themselves a challenge of raising £10,000.
It’s also a special year for the charity, as they celebrate their 30th anniversary.
Judith King, fundraiser for When You Wish Upon a Star Scotland took part in this year’s Arctic Trek, she said: “Having already done the trek, I know what a life-changing experience it is. Although we had -40 degrees and it was really challenging, I’d do it all again. And when you see the children and their families meeting Santa in Lapland – you know it’s been so worth it.”
If you would like to make a donation to Viv and Sophie, you can find their Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/vivandsophiewebster. At the time of publication of this article the pair had raised nearly £7,000.