Repairing The Derwen College Swimming Pool

by Reliant Robins in Gobowen, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 20th September 2017 we successfully raised £2,875 with 80 supporters in 145 days

To repair the Derwen College swimming pool. Don't forget to give Gift Aid!

by Reliant Robins in Gobowen, England, United Kingdom

The Reliant Robins will by cycling 300 miles from London to Paris to raise money for the Derwen College Swimming pool!

Derwen College is not immune to funding cuts felt throughout the country and relies on the generous fundraising and donations from their supporters. The swimming pool is a vital tool within the college teaching programme and provides many benefits to the students including keeping fit, recreation, social activities, training sessions for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as well as hydrotherapy and physiotherapy sessions.
If the facts above are not enough to pledge, 3 young men (Max Pettifer, Elliot Pettifer and Matthew Weston) who we've called the Reliant Robins will by cycling 300 miles from London to Paris on the 6th of September 2017 to raise money for our cause. The Relient Robbins do not live in Shrewsbury but heard about the cause after visiting with work. 

After visiting the college for the first time during a film shoot for work Max comments:

“I was blown away by the enthusiasm of the pupils, teachers and supporters. They really are the nicest bunch of people with the kindest hearts, it's such a shame the employment rate percentage is so low for people with learning difficulties. I really hope our ride can make a difference, and that the pool we are helping to repair will have a positive effect on the students lives.”

All money donated will go straight to the Derwen College Charity. 

Please help - great results are achieved through teamwork! The Reliant Robins are doing the hard work so you don't have to!

Leaving school is one of the biggest steps that a young person takes towards adulthood. The next big step is moving on, which may well be starting college.  Together you could say that this is huge leap from childhood to adulthood.  Derwen College makes it their responsibility to ensure that each young person is supported to make this transition.  This support is around helping each person to be as independent as possible in all aspects of life. This new heated swimming pool is just one aspect of how we help this transition. As we know children’s services and adult support services look very different so we must prepare our young people for the adult world. 

Please help - Great results are achieved through teamwork! £10 + 1000 backers = £10,000 

Derwen College works with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, providing inspirational learning, development and care to enable the achievement of aspirations which transforms lives. 


 You can follow the gents and Derwen College on their journey via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

You can also contact the Reliant Robins via email at or telephone 07711082272

The Reliant Robins Challenge! 

Day 1: London to Dover

The Reliant Robins will start their ride from the birthplace of Dame Agnes Hunt the founder of Derwen College at 36 Clarges Street, Mayfair, London. They will set off from here at 7:30am sharp to avoid the morning London traffic before they pass through the outskirts of London onto quieter more hilly roads. It is not long before they will reach the rolling fields and villages of rural Kent, passing orchards and traditional oast houses where hops are stored. The Reliant Robins will then follow the sweeping country roads across the hills of the North Downs to Dover and the coast. They will stay the night at a Premier just a 10-minute cycle from the Ferry Port. Day 1 Cycling is approximately 136km (85 miles).

Day 2: Dover - Calais - Abbeville

An early morning 7:25 ferry from Dover to Calais will be the start of the Reliant Robins second day on the road and final day in England. After hoping off the Ferry the lads will be heading south through beautiful rural landscapes of French tarmac. They will ride straight through ancient Desvres, and slowly but surely ride through the quiet winding alpine roads running parallel to the coast. After lunch, the Reliant Robins will reach the valleys of the Canche River and head further south towards Crécy-en-Ponthieu – site of the 14th-century Battle of Crécy. With tired legs and sweaty bums, the lads will reach their final leg of the day (hopefully not literally), which will bring them to Abbeville, on the River Somme. Famous for its WW2 air raids and Flemish style architecture. It is in Abberville where the lads will stay over in their first F1 French hotel. Day 2 Cycling is approximately 114km (71 miles).

Day 3: Abbeville – Beauvais

Another 7:30 start with sore legs will see the Reliant Robins back on their bikes to leave Abbeville behind them as they follow the River Somme east out of the town in the direction of Amiens. This part of France is renowned for the dreadful battles of the First World War and are scattered with cemeteries and other poignant reminders of the thousands of men who died here. The Reliant Robin’s route will soon turn south again as they follow the shady beech-tree-lined avenues so typically French, into meandering valleys and traditional farming hamlets. Their day will finally end at Beauvais, a town renowned for its large gothic cathedral. Day 3 Cycling is approximately 104km (65 miles).

Day 4: Beauvais – Paris

The final of the painful day’s cycling will take the Reliant Robin’s over the river Théram and south of Beauvais towards, yes you’ve guessed it, PARIS! Following hilly country roads, they will head towards the small town of Meru and continue south through beautiful countryside. As they reach the suburbs of Paris be sure to get an update from the Derwen College Charity cyclists as they look out for the distinctive landmarks of the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré Coeur standing out above the skyline. After a photo and a merited coffee break the suburb of St. Denis is the next stop where the lads will come to the River Seine; following its northern esplanade in the shadow of the Bois du Boulogne. Finally, they will ride along the River Seine until they reach the Pont d’Iena and finish beneath the lofty arches of the Eiffel Tower! Day 4 Cycling is approximately 80km (50 miles).

Photo’s, phone calls will be in order to Derwen College and their supporters before the Reliant Robins finally head to the pub for a well-earned pint of French larger and total up their sponsorships!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A thank you message from the boys on social media!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Receive a thank you video message from the reliant robins over Facebook or Twitter.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Receive a photo of the boys holding up your logo outside the Eifel tower.

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