The 34th East Grinstead Triathlon on Sunday 12th May welcomed a 21 strong team of fun, fundraising women, who, connected by Monkey Music, were taking part to raise awareness and funds for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity.
Monkey Music pre-school music classes have been running in the area for over 15 years, so the aim was to £15,000 for Monkey Music’s charity partner Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity.
Most of the team borrowed bikes to take part in a women only event called Try-a-Tri which is there to encourage more women to try a triathlon. The distances are smaller at 200m swim; 11km bike ride; 2.5k run.
The team members were local mums Gina Baylis, Emma Calvert, Vicky Daniell, Jasmine Hollamby, Louise Massett, Chris McNeill, Alison Norman, Anna Raymond, Hannah Roberts, Kat Rogers, Natalie Sharp, Jen Turnbull, Laura Woodward-Hudson, and other Kent mums Kat Brown, Ellie Fletcher, Jules Jukes, Laura Miller, Natasha Philpott, Helen Whitaker, Kate York.
One team member Ellie Fletcher (who is a former Kent Monkey Music teacher and now training with Nordoff Robbins to become a music therapist), took an adult bikeability intensive course to help her overcome her fear of riding on the roads.
Alison Norman, whose brainchild this was said, “ I am so thrilled that everyone was able to complete their Triathlon in style and enjoy the event in the knowledge that we reached our £15,000 fundraising target at 10pm on Saturday night. It was awesome and we’d like to thank every single sponsor as this was a huge team effort including local businesses, our families and friends, our Monkey Music customers too. We have raised enough to provide over 320 1-2-1 music therapy sessions to vulnerable people with complex needs. If you’d like to learn more about the important work music therapists do, in a wide variety of settings, with all ages, please visit the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity website and facebook pages where you’ll see moving videos which will show you more.
Please take a good look at all our photos, updates and incredible fundraising at https://www.justgiving.com/teams/MonkeyTriTeam, there’s still time to donate.”
More photos here: https://www.egtriclub.com/race-2019