Ben Cheveralls

I’m fundraising for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

I'm taking on a challenge and fundraising for the DofE in support of young people across the UK.

The DofE help young people build life-long belief in themselves, supporting them to take on their own challenges, follow their passions, and discover talents they never knew they had. Because when you prove to yourself that you’re ready for anything, nothing can hold you back.

The COVID-19 pandemic has left the UK’s youth facing more challenges than ever. As young people come out of lockdown, the DofE offers any and every young person the chance to build life-long skills and belief regardless of ability, interest or background. To feel able to do anything, achieve anything and overcome anything life throws their way, whatever their circumstance.

We're raising funds for the DofE so disadvantaged young people can take part in the DofE and build life-long belief in themselves and be ready for anything.

Please donate and help make a huge difference to young people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to the life-changing benefits of the DofE.

My Achievements

Set up page

Shared page

Added profile pic

First donation

Reached fundraising goal

My Updates

Hand up - Completed!! Final challenge - Skill up

Monday 5th Jul
For my last challenge of Do It 4 Youth, my Skill Up activity will be learn how to iron. Yes that's right, I do not know how to iron clothes...So I will be learning a skill that will be essential! 

Challenge 3 - Hand up (Dog walking & litter picking)

Monday 28th Jun
Everybody meet Dude. Dude meet everybody. Dude the Doodle joined me on my first day of litter picking in my local area. Safe to say he looks happy with the result, good work Dude! On to tomorrow...

Free Up - vegan week - completed!

Monday 28th Jun
Over the week I challenged myself to eat a fully vegan diet. It was great to explore the different types of food I could eat, and had lots of fun cooking new recipes with lots of variety. 

It has certainly made me think about eating a lot more sustainably in the future. Having said that, having eggs for breakfast today was amazing! 

Free Up - Vegan Week

Thursday 24th Jun
Over half way through the week, and I am starting to really enjoy this challenge! It has really started to open my eyes about the possibilities of eating much more sustainably in the future.

I am just glad marmite is vegan friendly! I do miss eggs though...

Free Up - Becoming a vegan for a week

Monday 21st Jun
For my next challenge, Free Up, I will be eat a fully vegan diet for a week. 

I am excited about this challenge as it will give me the opportunity to understand how to eat sustainably and much more healthily. 

Day 4, 5 and it's done!

Monday 21st Jun
Due to experiencing a few health issues - mostly heat/sun stroke, I had to forfeit day 4 meaning I had to take the ride into the weekend.

On the final day, I went over a sharp object which made a hole in my tyre which meant I had to swap bikes...going from a road bike to a hybrid bike was interesting, especially as I still had a lot of miles to do...it slowed me down somewhat!

But that is my Get Up challenge complete, and what a challenge it was! A huge thank you to everyone who donated and supported me throughout the week.  

Day 3 - done and dusted! Here is day 4...

Thursday 17th Jun
Very tough day yesterday, and I am seriously feeling the affects of a total of 390 miles in the saddle! 

Forecast for a lot of rain today...but here is the route of day 4 - 213.4 km Road Cycling Route on Strava

Day 2 - done! Plus route for day 3

Wednesday 16th Jun
Yesterday was a very, very tough day both physically and mentally! I was about for about 11 hours yesterday, but powered through. 

I never realised how hilly Essex can be...coming down them was fine, I didn't have an issue here, but going up....I don't want to talk about it!

Anyway, happy hump day, here's to day 3...let's do this! 207.1 km Road Cycling Route on Strava

Day 1 - Completed it mate! Plus, day 2 route....

Monday 14th Jun
What a day! Extreme heat, but we got through it! Roughly 9 and a half hours in the saddle....

A couple of highlights from the day:
1) Hitting my fundraising target!!! Thank you to everyone that has donated - but let's not stop there!
2) Seeing half a dozen DofE groups on their expeditions - some walking in the heat, whilst others relaxed in the shade!

Sorry for the lack of updates today...I experienced signal issues, overheating problems and the battery running out....let's hope tomorrow is better! 

But onto tomorrow! Here is the route for tomorrow:
209.5 km Road Cycling Route on Strava - let's hope for a cooler day...

Let's do this! 

Here we go!

Monday 14th Jun
Day 1 for Do It 4 Youth!!

Day 1 of 5...Let's do this!

Sunday 13th Jun
Monday 14th June 2021 - Day 1. 

I will be posting updates throughout the day on my progress. 

You can see my route for Day 2 once I have completed the first day. A huge thank you to everyone that has donated already! 

Windsor Castle to Gordonstoun School cycle

Friday 4th Jun
For the Get Up section of the challenge, I will be cycling the equivalent distance between Windsor Castle and Gordonstoun School, Elgin in Scotland - both locations having huge significance in the life of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh -  a total distance of 650 miles across 5 days. 

Just like thousands of young people with their own DofE experiences since March 2020, my original challenge has been disrupted by the pandemic and I have decided to utilise the #DofEWithADifference flexibilities to allow me to complete this cycle safely and locally. 

I have created 5 routes around Essex which will see me complete circular routes and return home each night for some much needed rest! I will upload my route at the start of each day. 

And it all starts on Monday 14th June 2021!! 

Thank you to my Sponsors

£100

Karen Cheveralls

£100

Keith Cheveralls

Outstanding endeavor and an even more outstanding organization Ben. Very pleased for you and even more proud. Keith & Maryann

£52.50

The Beltons

Hi Ben Good luck an amazing task to take on and very worthy cause! Still expecting 12 overs next Saturday!!

£52.50

Harry

£52.50

Janet Johnson

No mean feat Ben. Rather you than me. Hope you’ve been practising? Good Luck, stay SAFE. Look forward to hearing you’ve reached the goal. Love Janet x

£52.50

Ben Cheveralls

£52.50

£52.50

Maggie & Joe Smith

All the best!

£52.50

Jessica Peck

£52.50

Linda Little

£52.50

Paul Bidwell

Excellent job Ben, hope the rain helps what must be an exhausting enterprise. Look forward to hearing all about it soon.

£52.50

Paul Redshaw

Well done Mr Ben!!

£50

Amie Chevs

Well done bruvvaaaa, proud of ya

£50

Brother Dave

Well done Brother, knew you could do it

£50

Jean Jones

Such a good cause Ben, The very best of luck from us both, Jean & John xx

£31.50

Valbo

Good luck Chevs, xx

£31.50

Dangem

Go on ben! Great stuff 💪🚲👏🏻

£31.50

Jack Thompson

Best of lucky Chevy!

£31.50

Simon Mather

Terrific effort Ben for a great organization.

£31.50

Bruce Pinkerton

£31.50

Harry Boucher

Top effort Benjani! Long old poke that me zon! Go well

£29.40

Clinton Cheveralls

£26.25

Tracey

Well done 😊

£25

Shan

Go on Benny Boy!

£25

James Currell

Great job Ben - wishing you all the best for a great cause

£24.15

Damien Wilson

Good luck Ben, a fantastic cause to do it for.

£24.15

Wil

Well done Ben 🙂

£24.15

Alfie Hunter

Go Ben!!! 🙌🏻

£24.15

Ken

£23

James Adley

Good luck Jim and Sam

£23

Craig Podevin

Good luck Ben, what a challenge!

£23

Luke Hurley

£23

Doug Fairbrother

Go on Benji! Solid shift so far, keep up the pace mate. 🤙

£21

Jeremy Lawford

Good luck Ben

£21

Kevin Harrison

Good luck

£20

Carly Hurlow

Well done Ben! We are proud of you Carly and Rob xx

£15

Callum Tyrie

Good luck Big Benny Chevs! Go well sir 👏🏼👊🏼

£10.50

Matthew Bish

Good luck Benjamin X.

£10.50

Jacqui Worthington

£10.50

Simon Pilling

£10

Kate Aldersley

Good Luck Ben, I m sure you will smash it

£10

Joe Dunning

Love this! Good luck brother x

£10

Kayleigh Skerritt

Good Luck Benny!! X

£5

Anonymous

Good luck see you back in the gym soon.

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