Project information

Team ASNet Cycle Challenge - Chelmsford to Paris

Team ASNet [Denise Brown, Jac Mills, Toni Saunders, Steve Lock, Pete Croney, Tony Griffiths and Michael Saunders] will cycle from Chelmsford to Paris to raise monies to establish a disabled friendly allotment at ASNet's new headquarters with raised beds and greenhouse. See

27 - 29 August 2015: £1299.60 RAISED SO FAR!!

Charity information: Arthritis Self-help Network [London]

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  • Need


    People suffering with one or more of the 200 types of arthritis frequently experience depression and social isolation because of they are unable to engage in the activities they previously enjoyed.

    Gardening is a pastime may people enjoy and find therapeutic. Providing a specially designed gardening area for people with disabilities will allow them to carry on gardening and we need the funding to set this up.


    320 miles in 3 days: 27–29 August 2015 - on a bike.
    The quickest London-Paris route is 220 miles and generally ridden over 4 days BUT Team ASNet have chosen one of the toughest and hilliest routes. Their challenge will be to cover over 100 miles a day, equivalent to running the London Marathon on each of the 3 days. This is a first for them all and we know it will be their toughest challenge to date. Go Team ASNet!!

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Relieve depression and social isolation


    » Organise work days for planting, advice on growing and punctuated with plenty of refreshment breaks.

    What success will look like

    Success of our project will be people regularly working in the mini allotment and harvesting produce for lunches and healthy cooking demonstrations in the centre.

  • Impact


    Depression and social isolation will be reduced by developing a stronger group of people interacting on a peer to peer basis and empowering others. A group will evolve who will organise and run the growing area themselves working as a team. Greater socialisation will take place amongst the participants.


    A risk to the success of this project is always the threat of Inclement weather however the greenhouse will allow work to continue. Providing a workplace in the verandah will also provide an area for seed sowing, potting.


    All donors to our project will be Invited to visit the centre and see the progress and enjoy something prepared from the harvested produce. A newsletter with pictures of the site will be e-mailed to all interested parties.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £525 Greenhouse Base, vents, staging included
      £218 raised beds wooden beds on legs
      £136 soil top soil for raised beds
      £121 growing items tools, seeds, fertilizer, potting trays
  • Background


    The Cranbrook Centre
    Valentines Park
    Melbourne Road
    Ilford, Essex,
    IG1 4XA


    People with any one of the 200 types of arthritis and the elderly. Especially those who want to garden but do not have access to enjoy growing their own vegetables at home.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have the knowledge and understanding to run this type of project as those who run the charity are arthritis sufferers themselves. There is a good space at the rear of the new building where we are based to provide a safe and protected area for the mini allotment. We also have experience of using our volunteer human nutritionist to demonstrate health cooking.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    An experienced gardener who has their own allotment will help supervise the planting and provide advice on all aspects of growing the vegetables.

    Volunteer Human Nutritionist

    The Volunteer will provide advice and demonstrate healthy cooking methods using our produce. She has regularly provided dietary help at our clinic.



I probably speak for us all the chance to raise some for funds for your charity has given us all a bit of a buzz and a sense of purpose for the ride.

Denise Brown