On Sunday 31st July, local cyclist, Martin King, will be setting off on a 1617 kilometres adventure on his bike, cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The journey will take 13 days and will be a test of Martin’s endurance as he will be cycling every day up hill and down dale, come rain or shine and regardless of what wind may be blowing.
Martin has been cycling most of his life and this has long been an ambition of his. Whilst he has ridden in many parts of Europe and undertaken some serious bike rides, this represents an altogether different challenge, not least sitting on a bicycle saddle for 13 days in a row and riding a total of 1617 kilometres at an average of 124.4 kilometres per day.
When asked why Martin chose to take on this challenge, he said;
“This has been a long-term ambition of mine and a challenge I’m really looking forward to. It’s always been in the back of my mind and now I’ve caught the bug, I need to complete it.”
Along the way, Martin has chosen to raise money for local disability charity, Dial West Cheshire.
Dial West Cheshire is a Chester and West Cheshire based charity with head offices at the Disability Rights Centre and Café based at Dial House in Chester. It is a busy, local charity that has been providing services for disabled people and older people, as well as their families and carers, since 1986. Through services such as Advice, Shopmobility, Community Café and Volunteering they aim to enable disabled people and older people to live sustained, independent lives.
At the charity’s Shopmobility Service based in the Kaleyards car park, off Frodsham Street in Chester you can hire a mobility scooter to get out and about and go shopping independently seven days a week. The service helps to combat isolation and has been described by customers as “a life-line”. It costs around £1000 to buy a mid-range mobility scooter and keep it in service for a year. The charity now runs four Shopmobility Services, in Ellesmere Port, Chester, Winsford and Northwich. With more than 50 mobility scooters (as well as manual and electric wheelchairs) available for hire, and the services handling over 5000 bookings for mobility equipment each year, some of the money from Martin’s fundraising will be used to ensure the continuity of these services.
Keith Roper, Chief Officer for Dial West Cheshire, said;
“We are truly appreciative and humbled by this incredible feat of generosity afforded to us by Martin. We are in awe of his ambitions and are really looking forward to supporting him, albeit virtually, on his great adventure. We are truly thankful to him for choosing Dial West Cheshire to raise funds for, his contributions will go a long way in helping us to continue to deliver valuable services for disabled and older people in our community.”
Martin will be documenting his rides and on Facebook using the hashtag #LEJOG4Dial for anyone who wishes to follow his progress, click here.
If you would like to support Martin on his challenge, you can give him an extra boost of confidence while supporting Dial West Cheshire to continue to provide vital services for disabled people and older people by donating to his Just Giving Page.