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"I came away feeling really motivated and determined to complete this challenge." Robin Rouwenhorst 

 

Team London visited Remark! Community, a charity which organises innovative and exciting learning activities for children and young people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment..  

Recently, eight Tour de Pudsey cyclists from the London team visited Remark! Community, a charity which organises innovative and exciting learning activities for children and young people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment in London. The project is funded by BBC Children in Need and provides a fun packed holiday scheme where communication is by sign language.

The cyclists had a first-hand opportunity to see how some of their fundraising money will be spent and how valuable the Remark! Community project is to the children and young people who use it.

One of the riders, Robin Rouwenhorst, said "It was a fantastic, truly inspiring day. Being able to see how BBC Children in Need are supporting the local community and making a difference to those children’s lives is wonderful. I came away feeling really motivated and determined to complete this challenge. I’ve written my six week training plan on the back of this visit, so a big thank you to BBC Children in Need and Tour de Pudsey members for a great day."

Another rider, Chris Hubbard, took a tshirt and the children all decorated it with their hands, which was great fun. Chris said “It was a really powerful stuff to see how Remark! Community make such a difference in people’s lives.”

The riders also saw some of the young people baking and making a delicious cake –although sadly it was not ready for them to eat!

Rob Hunt who is joining the first day of the Tour de Pudsey cycle as a day rider said "The thing that struck me the most was how ignorant I was of the many challenges facing a deaf child – the isolation that was talked about was understandable to a degree, but I had never considered the extent of that, particularly that the kids may not even be able to communicate properly with their parents. I can’t even begin to imagine how that must feel for a child, but the incredible work Remark! Community does helps to bridge that communication gap, lessens that isolation and results in new lifelong friendships."

Finally, Nicola Kelly said "What an amazing scheme for deaf children to be able to come together, in a community they feel more comfortable in which wouldn't be possible without BBC Children in Need funding! As a mum of two young children it would break my heart if there were nowhere they could spend their time amongst children like them no matter what their differences - I'm so glad I'm able to give something back!"

The Tour de Pudsey London Team leave Tower Bridge on the morning of Tuesday 13 September as they embark on their 300 mile cycle to Pudsey.