Two businessmen, Darron Cavanagh, chief working officer and Lee Newman, CEO, at safety specialists VPS UK, are nearing the tip of their five-day biking marathon from London to their agency’s HQ in Manchester, aiming to lift much-needed funds to finance 50 Samaritans volunteers, and different psychological well being initiatives
They set off from London on Sunday, and confronted gale drive winds, rain, a bit of sunshine, and a number of aching limbs, however they’ve been well-supported by riders becoming a member of them for every day. They arrive in Manchester at round 1pm Thursday twenty seventh, having cycled by way of the Peak District on their ultimate leg.
To put the 360-mile distance into some context, on Tuesday they cycled 125km, 78 miles, Norwich to Spalding – that’s 9 miles longer than the professionals will ride on the ultimate stage of the Tour de France this 12 months (from Chatou to the Champs Elysees).
In coaching for six months – together with some gruelling 4am begins to slot in with work – they’ve to date raised greater than £32,000.
“We’re extremely grateful for all of the help we’ve obtained up to now,” stated Darron. “Lockdowns have been notably powerful for folks’s psychological well being, so we selected a bike ride to lift cash for Samaritans and different campaigns to help psychological well being and wellbeing.”
Lee provides: “Being in a position to put money into a programme that helps folks and raises consciousness is de facto thrilling. My spouse Sophie is a Samaritan and the variety of people who ring by way of to Samaritans on daily basis is astonishing. There is a name each seven seconds. Anything we will do to assist that organisation, and finally assist the psychological well being of our nation, needs to be a great factor.”
To help them attain the finishing line with no matter may be spared go to the JustGiving web page for donations here – justgiving.com/crowdfunding/vpscharitybikeride2021.
Call Graham on 07722282946 for extra data or an interview with Lee or Darron
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