Jun 27 2012

Volunteer Cycles 655 miles for Charity

A volunteer from a hospital radio station has broken a personal record and raised over £340 for charity by cycling from London to Scotland – a staggering 698miles. Charles Biggie is a volunteer at Radio Northwick Park, a charity that broadcasts to the patients of Northwick Park Hospital.

As one of the charity’s longest serving members, the 55-year-old cycled from Hyde Park Corner in London to John O’Groats in Scotland. Starting on Friday 15th June, he battled storms and hills on the eight-day journey.

He said: “I’m very pleased with the cycle. The first day we had a really heavy storm and in Scotland we had a whole day of drizzle, but overall we were pretty lucky with the weather. About two hours from the end I felt I hit a wall, but being so close to the finish I found some extra power and kept going.”

Charles’s previous daily record was 110 miles, however on this stint he managed to reach 120 miles in one day.

The funds Charles has raised will go towards running the charity, which has over 120 volunteers. Charles, who cycled with 24 other cyclists, said: “The journey was a perfect example of teamwork and dedication. Everyone kept each other going and there was a real team spirit.”

People can donate by visiting Charles’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/CharliesLonJoG, or text to 70070 with the word LJOG66 by followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. 

Charles said: “Most people know of the therapeutic value of music, and the need to chat to a friendly face in the forbidding environment of a hospital, and this is what we at Radio Northwick Park hope to achieve everyday.”


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