Local MP joins 'send off' of local fundraising cyclists

July 17, 2009 12:27 PM

Mark at the 'send off' for Mike and Rory

Mark Hunter, MP for Cheadle constituency, this week waved off father and son Bramhall fundraisers who are cycling to Rome to raise money for charity.

On Saturday July 11th Mike Nolan (50) and Rory Nolan (18) set off at 8am to start their 22 day cycle to Rome. The Mr Nolans will carry everything they need for the 3 weeks including tents and sleeping bags and will not be accompanied by a support vehicle. All of the money raised from the cycle will go to Francis House Children's Hospice in Didsbury, which offers respite care for very ill children, and Dis+Abled Together, which takes adults with disabilities on holidays to places that would normally be inaccessible for them.

The cycle trek will take them through France including parts of the Alps and the tour de France track, Switzerland and Italy to Rome. Their website www.home2rome.webs.com has lots more information about the trip, including updates from them on their way. On finishing the Ride Rory will spend a week with Dis+Abled Together as a helper.

Commenting after joining the 'send off' for Mike and Rory, Mr Hunter said, "This really is a great challenge for them and I wish them all the best for the trip. I know both father and son have been training really hard - I'm so impressed by the effort they've put in and their commitment to the cause.

"The whole cycle trip will be incredibly difficult. They'll cover 1,500 miles over the three weeks, with only two days rest - that's 75 miles per day! On some days they'll be cycling for 15 hours straight - which is amazing. They've got to carry a lot of heavy kit on their backs including a tent and spare bike parts and contend with the elements from high winds and rain to very hot summer days all of which will be a real challenge to cope with.

"Both Mike and Rory Nolan have worked incredibly hard to prepare for the trip to raise money for two very deserving charities. Every penny raised will go directly to Francis House Children's Hospice in South Manchester and Dis+Abled Together so please go to their website and show your support by giving generously."

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