Our very own Chief Executive is preparing for the adventure of a life-time – a 980 mile cycle across the length of the country in aid of our children’s hospice.
David Houston was all set to take part in last year’s London to Paris Bike Ride – completing a gruelling training schedule from an unfit standing start to more than 1,500 miles behind his wheels in just four months. But he sadly had to pull out at the last minute after suffering a personal tragedy.
Just one day before the team of more than 20 cyclists were due to set off from our hospice to London, David’s mum passed away.
David says he was disappointed not to have taken part in a challenge which not only had he trained so hard for, but had also raised a significant amount of money in sponsorship for.
So he set about looking for similar challenges which he could take part in.
And he has found one which is even tougher! A Land’s End to John o’Groats cycle in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, which he will complete in September over just nine days. Each day he will cover more than 100 miles, with his hardest day being a massive 119 miles the day before reaching the highest point in Scotland.
David said: “Hopefully this ride will be a fitting tribute to mum, as she raised me to believe in the importance of making a difference and she loved the fact I was raising desperately needed funds for local children in Brian House’s care with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.
“The London to Paris was to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and it was a shame I had to miss out.
“I’m nervously looking forward to this new adventure, and the difference it will make to our area’s most fragile children and their families who rely on our services at Brian House. I am doing this for them.”
We’re wishing David the very best of luck for this incredible challenge, and we’re looking forward to hearing all about his adventures when he gets back.
David has already raised more than £2,000 towards his £3,000 target for Brian House, but is asking for all the help he can get to reach his goal. To sponsor him click here.