NIGEL COMPLETES RIDELONDON CHALLENGE RAISING MONEY FOR SEAFARERS UK
September 16, 2019
In August, Nigel Blazeby, Managing Director of Waterdance, took part in Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 challenge. He was part of a team of mariners raising money for Seafarers UK, a Greendale/Waterdance appointed charity. The Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling, an incredible and unique 100-mile challenge which takes place on closed roads through the Capital and Surrey.
This was a new challenge for Nigel, as previously he had not cycled more than 40 miles. He was delighted to be able to raise £1,200 for Seafarers UK through his own donation and sponsorship from others, together with match-funding from Waterdance. Nigel stated, “Seafarers UK do a great deal for UK fishermen, and I am passionate about the fishing industry and supporting those working within it.” Asked whether he enjoyed the cycling, Nigel’s response was, “Absolutely, knackering! But so worth the effort. Got to see a great city on a bike with streets with no cars! The Surrey hills were killers. But that adds to the challenge.”
Nigel Blazeby has been a seafarer for over 35 years, the last 15 years working with the fishing industry. He took up the role of Managing Director of the UK fishing company Waterdance Ltd (with 19 UK based vessels) in February 2018.
Seafarers UK is a charity that has been helping people in the maritime community for over 100 years, by providing vital support to seafarers in need and their families. We do this by giving grants to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. In 2018, we awarded 76 grants totalling £2.46m to 56 maritime welfare charities.
A true legacy of the 2012 Games and developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies in 2013, Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling. The eighth edition will take place over the weekend of 15-16 August 2020. This flagship event is part of the Mayor of London and TfL’s cycling programme. Prudential RideLondon provides a fantastic platform to help fulfil The Mayor and TfL’s goal of encouraging more people to cycle more safely, more often.