Neil Bradbury, Keith Seaton, Sean Martin and Eddie Kohler aim to complete the 958-mile journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in nine days.
Their itinerary includes a visit en route to St Ann’s to raise awareness of their efforts to generate £4,000 in sponsorship of our hospice during our birthday month as we celebrate 50 years of care to the Greater Manchester community.
Preparations for the bike ride have been limited by lockdown restrictions which mean the group have been unable to meet up for some time.
Neil’s 20-mile round trip from home in Cheadle Hulme to work in Manchester has helped his training. He said: “We’re looking forward to getting back together again once rules allowing us to exercise with one friend only are relaxed.
“We’ve also had to stay local, making training more difficult. I’m a little nervous, especially when you begin to wonder whether the sore knee will flare up on day two. We’ll be like a mobile chemists with so many painkillers and tablets between us.”
Neil’s wife Michelle is Head of HR at St Ann’s, so the cyclists realise how much fundraising matters to our charity, as we need to raise £20,000 a day to provide our services to patients and their families free of charge.
Keith said: “The hospice’s fundraising activities have been reduced this year because of the pandemic and every penny counts, so we’d ask supporters to dig deep and even the smallest amount can make a difference.”
This is such a huge challenge and I’d like to thank Neil, Keith, Sean and Eddie for everything they’re doing to raise money for our patients. I am always really humbled to see the lengths our supporters go to in order to fundraise, and this challenge is definitely showing them going quite literally more than the extra mile! I wish them all the best, and can’t wait to follow their progress. Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann's
Sean, also from Cheadle, said: “We’re self-financing the trip so St Ann’s will receive all sponsorship. We’ll visit St Ann’s on day four and at least can stay in our own beds that night rather than hotels, guest houses and Airbnbs.”
Eddie, from Liverpool, said: “We’ve got long train journeys just to get there and back and will average 117 miles a day on the roads. It’s going to be tough and the highlight will probably be reaching the finish line.”
To sponsor the team of four, visit their JustGiving page.