A CYCLIST is resting up after pedalling 900 miles there and back again in aid of a children’s cancer charity.
Carl Matthews rode from London to Edinburgh and back to London in 120 hours – with the aim of raising £5,000 for the charity Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC).
The Shipston resident undertook his toughest fundraising challenge yet to support CFC’s summer fundraiser “PB for CFC”, in which CFC challenges Britain to be their best selves and break a personal best to raise funds for the charity.
The PB challenge can be completed solo or with a team for ultimate squad goals – or get the
whole family involved over the school holidays, with an active PB challenge for kids.
Carl said: “Undertaking the UK’s premier long distance cycle solo was a gruelling challenge – especially in this summer heat! – but the inspiration of Cyclists Fighting Cancer’s fantastic work to support children and young people living with cancer across the UK, as well as people’s generous donations, kept me pedalling.”
CFC works to help children and young people living with cancer across the UK regain
their physical fitness, improve mental wellness and reduce social isolation by giving them
new lightweight bikes, specially adapted trikes, and tandems.
Riding bikes enables youngsters to enjoy a fun, sociable activity with their families again –
often after years of hospitalisation and disruption to their everyday lives.
Exercise has been shown in numerous scientific studies to be the single most effective
way of improving both physical and mental wellness for people surviving cancer – this is
also especially true for children and young people.
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Carl-Matthews7 to donate, or www.cyclistsfc.org.uk/pbforcfc.php for more on the PB challenge.