Bristol Dad’s Wish To Do Bristol to Paris Cycle Ride To Help Raise £100,000 For Bristol Children’s Hospital


In today’s post I’m handing over to Martin Pemberton, a Bristol dad who has a very special appeal to Bristol Mum readers.

Martin wants to do the Bristol to Paris cycle ride to help raise £100,000 for the Children’s Major Trauma and Rehabilitation Unit at Bristol children’s Hospital via the charity Above and Beyond.

However, this is no easy matter. To actually take part in the cycle ride, Martin needs to raise a minimum of £1500.

He is a long way off reaching this amount, despite signing up for bag-packing at local supermarkets and planning a bake sale at his wife’s work and he admits to being really daunted at trying to reach this figure.

Bristol Mum readers, can we help him raise this money?

Please read this post to find out about Martin, the charity cycle ride and his reasons for doing it…14666196_916505258480344_6076472790033428450_nIt’s 2016 and I’m unfit! I’m not having a midlife crisis but decided to get out on a bike and try to get myself into some kind of shape other than round.

One day I saw a poster for this Bristol to Paris cycle ride fundraiser and thought that would give me a goal to aim for and once I realised the charity that the cycle ride was in aid of, it sealed the deal.

Both our boys have had more than the one visit to Bristol Children’s Hospital and being able to do something and give something back means a great deal to me.

For the ride itself there will be 80 cyclists that will set off from Bristol and spend two days cycling through quintessentially English countryside en-route to Portsmouth.

Then we will set sail to France for two more action packed days where we will continue our adventure in the saddle. And if that wasn’t enough we’ll experience the thrill of crossing the Seine to finish triumphant at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

All money raised through this challenge will go to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children’s Major Trauma and Rehabilitation Unit.

Your donation will benefit hundreds of children from across the South West suffering from traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

Each year over 40,000 children in the UK are admitted to hospital with severe brain injuries but that’s only the beginning of their journey to recovery.

The long-term emotional and physical impact takes time to heal and for hospital can become a home for months and for some even years.

That is why I have joined this challenge to help raise £100,000 for this cause.

Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’ button.

The more people who know about Above & Beyond, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!

The link to my sponsorship page is and any help at all no matter how small will be gratefully received.

I’m also happy to receive offers from any local businesses of any kind of prize that could be raffled off close to Christmas.

Many thanks,



Martin also has a Pem goes to Paris Facebook page – please like it to show your support!