Matt's London to Paris Cycle
After suffering with high blood pressure and a constant battle with being overweight, I made the decision that something proactive needed to be done to ensure that this would help to deal with both of these issues.
In the early stages of my training, and after learning of how precious life is, the decision was made to raise money in memory and thanksgiving of my younger brother’s friend, Daniel Collins. Daniel died in 2014 after a cry for help went tragically wrong. He was only 22 years old. With the permission of Dan's father I will be raising money for 2 charities.
The first charity is the Samaritans of Dorset at Weymouth and the second charity is `The Project` which is a peer support network offering help to young people with mental health issues in East Devon and West Dorset.
Both charities are aware that I will be raising money for them.
12 months after setting myself this challenge, I can report that training has been progressing well and I can announce that I am at least 4 stone lighter!
For me, this has been something that I have grown to enjoy and I now feel this has rewarded me in more ways than I can explain. The more training I have been doing, the less daunted I have felt about doing the 300 mile trip from London to Paris over 4 days!
The trip is due to start on Wednesday 8 July and I will be arriving in Paris on Saturday 11 July 2015, and all footage should be recorded with my GoPro.
The trip and all the associated costs will be covered by me personally and all money raised will be donated to the charities themselves once the challenge has been completed.
All donations will be gratefully received, and I thank you in advance for them.
The organised group trip made it to Paris and I can now safely say that I made good on my challenge to cycle from London to Paris.
I am in the process of collecting all offline sponsored pledges but will keep this page open for the next month in the meantime.
I am also editing some of the video footage taken and collating some of the photos that one of the fellow group members took whilst we were on route, so watch this space!
Please do take the time to read my story and the reason behind why this is very important to me and donate as much (or as little) as you can for my ride from London to Paris.
Current donations and offline pledges currently stand at £950, so I am now trying to raise as much as possible for the two charities I am supporting.
The last few weeks have seen routes consisting of 65-80 miles to ensure I could manage the distance. I did get struck down with a nasty case of 'man-flu' last week and almost back to normal now.
Almost £750 has been donated and pledged so far, but really do hope to raise as much as possible for both charities.
I have decided (as much as it'll pain me) to set a target of£1,500 where if this target is reached, I will wear either a Manchester City / Liverpool football top for the final day riding into Paris (being a Manchester United fan!)
If I raise more than £2,000, then I will be wearing the football top along with a nice pair of cowboy boots bought in Nashville on my trip to America last August. After wearing them for an hour whilst learning the Texas two step, I suffered with major blisters!
There will be a deadline set of the 4th July for either target to be met as I will be leaving for London on 7th July to make the 6:30am start on the 8th July.