Land’s End to John O’Groats ride for Meningitis Research
A team of 14 people are gearing up for a cross country cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats and have raised £58,000 for charities Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) and For Lucie.
Three of the team’s members have had family affected by meningitis.
Toby Paxton, 54, from East Boldre, Hampshire, who brought the team together for the challenge, explains, “Our ten year old son, Monty, contracted pneumococcal meningitis when he was six weeks old. For a while it was touch and go but against the odds, he survived. He did not escape unscathed though and, now nine years old, he is living with the consequences of this brutal and indiscriminate disease, not least in his current battle against a debilitating and hugely distressing neurological condition. But fundamentally, he is a normal, happy, funny, giving and loving son and brother. And most importantly, he is here. Many other children and their families are not so fortunate. I really wanted to get a team together to do something that would make a significant contribution to the ongoing battle to eliminate meningitis from our lives.”
The ride takes place from 8th – 16th September. They will be covering 975 miles over nine days and camping every night. Over the course of the ride, they will climb nearly 52,000 feet, which is approximately twice the height of Everest.
Donations can be made at: www.justgiving.com/companyteams/PaxtonsPedallars.