PE teacher Bex Arch is following in the fundraising footsteps of her grandparents by taking on our Cycle 100 Miles in August challenge. 

Bex is the granddaughter of our Ambassador Ken Arch MBE, from Bridgnorth, and his late wife Pam, who for more than 20 years have raised thousands of pounds to fund everything from medical equipment to a new play farm for the children at Hope House.

The couple were responsible for setting up the Bridgnorth Friends fundraising group which itself raised in the region of £100,000 through holding various events, from chocolate tombolas to garden parties.

As Ambassador, Ken also represents Hope House across Shropshire and is well-known for giving talks about Hope House and his other passion, fuschias. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2015 for his voluntary work and services to charity.

Inspired by her grandparents Bex, 24, who lives in Chiswick, will be taking part of the Cycle 100 Miles in August challenge around the London and Surrey area. She is aiming to do her 100 miles in one day!

“Hope House has always been in my life and my granddad has always encouraged myself and my sister to get involved and take part in fundraising since we were young,” said Bex.

“I was due initially to do the 100 miles in the Prudential RideLondon, but as that has now been cancelled due to COVID-19 I have decided to draw up my own 100-mile route.

“Cycling is something I enjoy, but I haven’t done anything anywhere near as far as 100 miles in one go, so it’s going to be quite tough!”

Bex has set herself a target of raising £500. If you would like to support her challenge and help Hope House you can donate here:

It's also not too late to sign up for your own 100 Miles in August Challenge. You don't have to do it all in one go, and, as well as helping seriously ill local children and their families, you'll receive a limited edition medal and foldable water bottle.