John, a team leader at our Withersfield Lodge supported living service, has raised £340 for Shelter, Regard’s chosen charity this year.
John raised the money by cycling 200 miles non-stop on the longest day of the year, setting off at sunrise at 4.36 am. From his starting point at home in Bury St Edmunds, he then proceeded to visit all of the services in his locality, which are based across Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, and Norfolk.
John said: “I did a similar ride in 2016, in aid of Mind, which was Regard’s chosen charity for that year, but only did 187 miles. I thought 200 seemed like a nice round number, and I had done that distance before – though thinking about it now, I was only 25 years old at the time and now I’m 61!”
John’s biggest challenge was cycling the first 104 miles, directly against the wind, which took its toll.
He said: “The last sixty miles were very slow and I missed my target of ending at sunset, at 9.36pm, as I didn’t finally get home until 11.15pm. I enjoyed visiting the services, and was chuffed to find that some of the people we support remembered my previous ride. “
Shelter, a charity that campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing in England and Scotland, has been voted as our charity of the year for 2018/19. For more information visit: Regard news - Shelter
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