Fundraising cycling duo travel to every DAAT charity shop

PUBLISHED: 12:45 03 September 2015

Rob and Steve outside a DAAT shop.

Rob and Steve outside a DAAT shop.


Rob Conabeer and Steve Wilson made it to their final shop at 7.45pm, after setting off in the morning.

A Honiton dad-of-one has teamed up with his friend to cycle to all 15 of Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s (DAAT) charity shops in Devon.

Rob Conabeer, of Honeysuckle Drive, set off from Barnstaple on Saturday, August 22, with Steve Wilson.

By 7.45pm, the pair successfully reached all of the DAAT shops, including ones in Honiton, Sidmouth and Exmouth.

Rob, 39, said: “Both myself and Steve, over the course of the year, are cycling 1,000 miles each through different challenges - some together and some separately.

“We picked 1,000 miles as that is the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Due to work commitments, we cannot travel all of the distance because we cannot have the time off work, so we decided to take on smaller challenges with the aim of travelling 1,000 miles in total.”

So far, electrical engineer Rob has travelled 700 miles, raising roughly £200 for DAAT in the process.

This challenge saw him push his body hard to complete the biggest distance he has cycled to date.

“We supported each other,” Rob said. “At the midway part it got more and more tiring, and towards the end, we were pushing each other on.”

The couple had to keep their wits about them too, as they unknowingly cycled into Dawlish which was packed with air show spectators.

“There were a lot of people, and traffic,” Rob added. “At the end of the challenge, I felt very accomplished.”

The next charity mission will

see Rob and Steve cycle 80 miles in and around the tricky Dartmoor terrain.

He is aiming to start and finish his cycle ride in Tavistock on Sunday, September 27.

For those who want to donate to the pair’s charity challenges, visit www.justgiving.comRob-Conabeer4

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