The time has arrived for Gareth Williams and his friends epic charity challenge.
As we reported in January on the Blog, Norwich call centre trainer Gareth and some of his pals are undertaking a 1,000 mile, 10-day bike ride from John O’Groats to Lands End. The sponsored ride is in memory of their friend Nathan Bray who died from bowel cancer last year. After completing the epic ride Gareth is then planning to run the London marathon two days afterwards, on what would have been Nathan’s 33rd birthday. The sporting trio originally set themselves a target of £5,000 to raise for the Bowel and Cancer Research charity. Having reached that, they have upped the stakes to £10,000. “We have been lucky with donations through gift aid,” explained Gareth. “And I have also had good support from colleagues in the call centre. “In January I borrowed a spin bike from a gym and brought it to work, to help raise some cash through a Spinathon.”
Every time the call centre got a lead Gareth jumped on the bike on rollers, and pedalled for a minute. At the end of the day he had cycled for six hours and 10 minutes. Donations were collected in a bucket, with more pounds being raised through a dress down day. Colleagues and Anglian directors donated some great lots for an auction. The day’s total came to £1,350. “Nathan was a great bloke, so we want to help a charity that will make a difference to many lives.” To donate to Gareth’s cycle and running epics you can go to www.justgiving.com/thenathanbray1000milecycleepic.
Keep an eye out on the Blog for updates on Gareth’s epic journey as the Blog Team will report on his progress.
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