CHAR­ITY CY­CLE Jim’s the wheel deal

Kind-hearted cy­clist to take on 150-mile bike trip to help raise funds for Childline

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Jonathan Ged­des

A Cam­bus­lang man is set to get on his bike for a good cause.

Jim Harper, 48, and two of his fel­low staff at Co-op Scot­mid will be cy­cling coast to coast, from White­haven to Tynemouth.

The 150 mile jour­ney will at­tempt to raise £4,000 for NSPCC Scot­land and its Childline ser­vice.

Jim said: “I’m look­ing for­ward to it and there’s a lot of ben­e­fit in do­ing some­thing like this that can help in­di­vid­u­als be­come part of a team.

“I’m part of the char­ity com­mit­tee at Scot­mid that helps to choose our part­ners and when I heard the pitch from the NSPCC and Childline I knew how im­por­tant it would be.

“I’ve also been for­tu­nate enough to have had Esther Rantzen at one of my shops to thank staff for fundrais­ing for Childline as well so the mes­sage has landed and it’s a won­der­ful char­ity.”

Jim has pre­vi­ously rode the length of Bri­tain from Land’s End to John O’Groats and biked it from Lon­don to Paris.

But his lat­est chal­lenge will see him and ped­dling pals John McIn­tosh and Gil­lian McFall en­counter a new type of chal­lenge.

Fol­low­ing part of the route of last year’s Tour of Bri­tain, the group will start their two-day trip by scal­ing the sum­mit of Hart Side Moun­tain in the Lake Dis­trict, a 2,000ft climb which forms just a fifth of a to­tal of 10,000ft of up­hill cy­cling over the chal­lenge.

Along the way the group will stop in at most of the 10 Lakes and Dales Scot­mid shops for some much needed rest, re­cov­ery and mo­ti­va­tion as they bid to add to the al­ready in­cred­i­ble fig­ure raised by stores across the coun­try in their quest to raise £300,000 for Childline’s 30th an­niver­sary.

Deb­o­rah Quinn, cor­po­rate fundrais­ing ex­ec­u­tive with NSPCC Scot­land said: “We are so grate­ful for the time and ef­fort Jim and the team have put into or­gan­is­ing and train­ing for the coast to coast cy­cling chal­lenge. It shows an amaz­ing com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion in rais­ing funds for Childline.

“The £4,000 tar­get they have set is equiv­a­lent to the cost of an­swer­ing 1,000 Childline calls from chil­dren and young peo­ple who need our sup­port and is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

The NSPCC is the lead­ing chil­dren’s char­ity fight­ing to end child abuse in the UK and Chan­nel Is­lands.

Visit www.childline.org.uk or www. nspcc.org.uk for more de­tails on their work.

When I heard the pitch from the NSPCC and Childline I knew how im­por­tant it would be. The mes­sage has landed and it’s a won­der­ful char­ity Jim Harper

On this bike JimHarper, right, with John McIn­tosh and Gil­lian McFall

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