Riding out in the name of charity

By Nigel Slater 13/04 Updated: 13/04 10:39

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Buy photos » Dan Geisler, Francis Davis, Jonathan Wharrad and Joel Turvey have a busy few months ahead of them when they cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in the bid to raise thousands for charity. (s)

A GROUP of friends are set for the challenge of a lifetime when they cycle the length of Great Britain in a bid to raise thousands for charity.

Two teachers from Swan Lane First School and three workers of Evesham IT firm X2 Computing are currently on a mission to raise £20,000 by doing the gruelling Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle route.

Joel Turvey, Dan Geisler, Francis Davis, Jonathan Wharrad and Mark Tutton will be joined by Worcester based rider Noel Greaves as the group get set to take on the challenging 900-mile journey in the summer.

The team will raise and share the funds raised between the NSPCC and Rapid UK and will begin the challenge on June 9.

The six riders are currently in training for the event and Mr Turvey told the Observer the team are really excited about the months ahead.

“We all cant wait to get but we have realised we have a lot of training to do,” he said. “We are all keen cyclists and felt we should all put all cycling legs to good use and do something worthwhile and memorable.

“It is going to an amazing experience for all of us and will be a great feeling to raise vital funds for the two charities.

“As well as smaller donations we are looking for three main sponsors for the event so it would be great to hear from businesses or anyone willing to sponsor us.

“In return for a donation to our challenge we’ll offer the main sponsors the opportunity to put their logos on the shirts we’ll be wearing during the ride as well as on various marketing material before and after the event.”

To make a donation to the team visit their fund-raising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/X2LEJOG/.

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