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‘The course is going to be a real test’

Lockyers Insurance Wakefield will be taking part in the British Heart Foundation's London to Brighton bike ride on June 15th 2014.
Picture: Jon Newall, Mathew Moore, Matt Cook and Martin Weaver.
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Lockyers Insurance Wakefield will be taking part in the British Heart Foundation's London to Brighton bike ride on June 15th 2014. Picture: Jon Newall, Mathew Moore, Matt Cook and Martin Weaver. w318a422

Fundraiser Jon Newall – who took part in a charity trek across the Sahara desert last year – is tackling a sponsored bike ride next weekend.

Mr Newall raised £3,500 when he crossed 111km of the North African desert last year in memory of Pontefract toddler Jaiden Worrall, who died from neuroblastoma.

Now Mr Newall, of Carleton Road, Pontefract, will be joined by five of his colleagues from Lockyers Insurance in Wakefield at the British Heart Foundation’s London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday, June 15.

Mr Newall, 37, said: “Everyone in the office said they noticed how much I enjoyed myself last year and wanted to do something as a group.

“I am a keen cyclist but for some of the others they’ve never done anything like this before. In fact, a couple of the team are having to borrow bikes to ride on.

“The course is 54 miles and near the end there is a climb of around eight or nine miles which is going to be a real test.

“I’m sure everyone will complete the ride though – it just might be that some do it a bit quicker than others.”

The group hopes to raise £3,000 for charity by taking part in the event, which is one of BHF’s biggest fundraising events.

Mr Newall added: “Events like this are very good for team building. We’re like a family in our office – we spend a lot of time together outside of work.

“But it’s also about doing something constructive and raising money for charity. I think the rest of the group have already caught the bug for it and I’ve already started planning an event for next year.”

For more information or to sponsor the group visit www.justgiving.com/TeamLockyers

 

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