Arenburg Trench

A duo of amateur cyclists are undertaking the challenge of their lives as they aim to raise funds for charity in memory of Lea Hough’s dearly missed Partner, David Bailey.

Sam Dobson, who works as Operations Director at Graham and Brown, and Neil Welsh, a Financial Adviser at PM+M, will be undertaking an 800 mile cycling challenge, which will see them ride from Dijon in Burgundy all the way home to Lancashire in 8 days. The cycling fans, who had originally planned to undertake the ride in aid of male mental health, decided to ‘Ride for David’ following the tragic death of David Bailey, Sam’s brother-in-law, in January.

In order to make the trip that bit more challenging, Sam and Neil took the decision to cycle unaided – without support or external help – therefore meaning they’ll have to carry everything they’ll need to undertake the cycle themselves.

Beginning in Dijon on 5th May, the plan is to conduct the ride over 7 legs in 7 days. The longest day will be a 142 mile stint over the cobbled roads of Northern France, and the total incline to be climbed during the trip is 31,000 feet.

The two charities that will benefit from the cycle are Mind – the mental health charity – and RoadPeace – an organisation that both supports people bereaved as a result of road traffic accidents and also campaigns to reduce road danger.

At the time of writing, Neil and Sam have so far raised over £5,700 – smashing their £5000 target. The plan is to split the money equally between the two charities – both of which are very close to the hearts of Sam and Neil.  We know how far people’s donations have gone to helping spur Sam and Neil on during this tough endurance challenge. So to donate to the duo’s Just Giving page and support them and their fundraising efforts, click here.

To keep up to date with their progress during the ride, follow Neil Welsh on Twitter.


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