Nigel Gittins, Managing Director and Roy Brown, Accountant at Peterborough based company Webroster Ltd, are cycling the Trans Pyrenees Coast to Coast challenge to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
The grueling ride of over 420 miles in 7 days will see them set off from Biarritz and end in Argelès-sur-Mer. The total mileage equates to an average of 71 miles a day, and based on an average road cruising speed of 14 miles an hour is no longer than 5 hours ride per day! However, the mileage isn’t going to be the issue; the mountains will be the killer – straight up and incredibly high – therein lies the challenge.
They will be raising money for the charity through sponsorship before the ride. Nigel has already raised over £1200 by cycling the ‘L2P’ (London to Paris) in 2010 and the recent Webroster auction raised over £700 for the charity.
Webroster strongly supports the JDRF which exists to find the cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. It is the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research and JDRF has been responsible for more than £600 million of direct funding of the most promising and ground breaking type 1 diabetes research around the world. The charity has funded every major breakthrough in type 1 diabetes research in the last 30 years.
Nigel said: “I chose this charity because my nephew Max and a work colleague Olivia’s daughter Sophie were diagnosed type 1 diabetes; a life threatening condition which has altered their daily lives. Max’s pancreas no longer works and therefore has multiple daily injections to help his body process the foods he eats and control his blood sugars. He can go from fit and healthy to very low and dangerously hypo in minutes.”
Hannah Gripton, Senior Fundraiser (East and London), JDRF said: “We are thrilled that Webroster Ltd has chosen to raise money for JDRF. Every penny raised will go towards our mission to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.
It sounds like an epic challenge especially when you take the hills into consideration! I am sure the London to Paris cycle Nigel did will stand him in good stead for this one.
Good luck wishes to Nigel and Roy with the fundraising and preparations for the cycle challenge and thank you for joining us in the search for the cure.”
We are sure you will understand why this is so important to us, and to every other family who lives with Type 1 Diabetes. So, please help us out to raise as much money as we can. There is no cure. YET…