Cy­clists give their all for char­ity in marathon feat

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Vicky Castle

In fewer than seven days, four friends cy­cled a whop­ping 918 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

S t e v e J a mes, Dec l a n McGlone, Paul Eng­land and Neil Lauder took on the mam­moth chal­lenge in aid of Pil­grims Hos­pices, Di­a­betes UK and The Fire Fight­ers Char­ity.

The team, who called them­selves JOGLE, (John O’Groats to Lands End) have raised an im­pres­sive £3,186.92 be­tween them.

Fire­fighter Will Parkin­son drove the sup­port ve­hi­cle and the team camped at fire sta­tions across the coun­try.

Steve James, who ini­tially planned a lone cy­cle ride, said: “I chose to sup­port Pil­grims and have raised funds for them in the past be­cause I have a per­sonal con­nec­tion with their char­ity.

“My fa­ther-in-law Brian Else died in the Ash­ford hos­pice in 2013 and the care he and my wife re­ceived was fab­u­lous. Not just phys­i­cal, but emo­tional care too.

“So I do what I can to help oth­ers re­ceive the same sup­port.

“I would like to thank De­clan, Neil, Paul and Will for mak­ing the whole ex­pe­ri­ence so spe­cial.

“I would also like to thank ev­ery­one who has sup­ported me and helped me achieve and sur­pass my tar­get.”

Deirdre Mewse, fundrais­ing and mar­ket­ing as­sis­tant: “The Pil­grims Hos­pices says a huge thank you to the team for their tremen­dous ef­fort. I hope their legs are not too sore. It has been lovely to read about their ad­ven­tures each day.

“Pil­grims needs to raise £11 mil­lion per year to pro­vide our ser­vices so we are re­ally grate­ful for won­der­ful con­tri­bu­tions like this from Steve and his friends.”

There is still time to do­nate online by vis­it­ing www.just­giv­ jogle­june2015.

START: Steve James, Neil Lauder, Paul Eng­land and De­clan McGlone at John O’Groats

FIN­ISH: The cy­clists at Land’s End af­ter a gru­elling 918 miles

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