ABOUT CYCLE FOR FOODBANKS
Since 2018, I've collaborated with many others in the ADR and related sectors to collect donations for foodbanks in the UK and Ireland. Together, we've raised thousands of pounds and provided essential items like food, toiletries, nappies, and other non-perishable goods to help those who are most vulnerable. A special thanks goes to Systech International, Clerksroom, Shoosmiths (Manchester) and the IDRC for helping with donations, collections and facilities.
Currently, I'm doing a stationary cycling challenge, covering a distance of 2092.4km, to raise awareness about the importance of ensuring that everyone has access to food. I believe we must continue supporting those who can't afford to feed themselves. It's often said that any of us could be just a few paydays away from needing to use a foodbank. I urge you to contribute directly to your local foodbank or below, you can find the virtual route I'm taking and the links to the specific foodbanks I'm supporting as part of this initiative.
Progress (last updated 20th December 2023)
Well, it's taking longer than I originally planned! I was doing well until I got COVID, and then I struggled a bit due to the general tiredness that followed. The most important thing is that I have bad knees, but I try to get back on track and do what I can before the next knee issue arises.
So, here's what I've done so far:
I've traveled from Billericay to Hull, then Edinburgh, Skelmersdale, Rhyl and Belfast and now making my way to Cork.
The total time taken up to now is 52 hours and 40 minutes.
The total distance covered so far is 1,242.51 km.
Now, why did I choose these locations? Well, Billericay is the home of Hunt ADR, and I attended university in Hull. I have close friends in Edinburgh, and Skelmersdale is where I grew up and spent my childhood holidays in Rhyl. Belfast is a significant centre for Hunt ADR activity, and I chose Cork because of my Irish ancestry and its favourable location for reaching Bude. I've visited Bude every year for the last 30 years, while Romford holds sentimental value as my wife's birthplace. Basildon has strong connections to Billericay and reminds me of Skelmersdale with its many roundabouts.
Until I reach Cork