Penzance to Warrington


On February 13th this year River Reeves, 19, together with his three band mates from Viola Beach; Kris Leonard, 20, Tomas Lowe, 27 and Jack Dakin, 19 and their manager, Craig Tarry, 32 were killed in a car accident in Sweden. They were travelling home from their first international gig.

River lived in Penzance, Cornwall, before he moved to Warrington in 2007 where he went on to join Viola Beach who’s album went to Number 1 in the album charts posthumously over the summer.

Riv’s Riders is a team of River’s family and friends, who are making the same journey, on our bikes… cycling from Penzance to Warrington to raise money for the River Reeves Foundation. There will also be a donation made by the foundation to The Viola Beach and Craig Tarry Memorial Fund so that a permanent memorial, celebrating the lad’s short lives and all that they achieved in that time, can be erected in the town centre.

The River Reeves Foundation has been set up to support young musicians and those involved in the performing arts, who need financial support to help them overcome the many barriers to fulfilling their dreams and which Viola Beach also faced in their too-short musical careers.
It is a hardship trust that can support all manner of personal causes linked to the performing arts and it is a fantastic legacy for River – who was an all-round performer from when he could walk and talk!

He would be incredibly proud to know this fund in his name will help ease the journey for others like him, and may well help create some more stars of the future.

Riv’s Riders will be covering a distance of 410 miles, averaging approx. 75 miles per day (and around 5000ft daily climb), setting off from the Jubilee Pool in Penzance on Monday 19th September, planning to arrive at the Warrington phone boxes at lunchtime on Saturday 24th September (5.5 days total)

Target £10,000 – Please sponsor us by donating through this crowd-funding page:

All donations will be collated by JustGiving and a cheque for the total will then be paid to the River Reeves Foundation.

All costs will be covered by the team – every penny donated goes to the charity.

Thank you in advance – your support means a huge amount to us.
If you want to ride in with us on the final day as a River Rainbow Rider (wearing colourful kit!)….itinerary details attached. We’d be thrilled to have you alongside us.

BBC and ITV will be covering our Finish Line arrival.



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