Cycling to Spain for MNDA: departs Priory Park, 12 April

There will be plenty to see and do in Reigate’s Priory Park on Sunday 12 April, when two fundraisers depart on a cycle ride to southern Spain.

Howard Fine and Andy Cook are raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), having undertaken the challenge after their friend Dave Setters was diagnosed with the disease.  The project has attracted considerable local support, including sponsorship, the sale of fundraising mugs by Reigate businesses, and a 1km cycling challenge at Donyngs.

The Priory Park departure festivities will take place 10AM – 1PM, Sunday 12 April 2015, next to Pistachios in the Park.  Organisers are encouraging people to come down at 10AM, as a”Bling Your Bike” competition, and the awarding of prizes from the Donyngs challenge, will take place then, ahead of the cyclists’ departure.  When they do set off, they will peform two laps around the park, which those on bikes are welcome to attend.  The event will include a bouncy castle and entertainer Queen Elsa, with Maison du Velo and The Bikeologist among others attending.

The cyclists will have spent the earlier part of the weekend cycling down from the Wirral.  After leaving Reigate on Sunday, they will be joined by other riders to Box Hill and Portsmouth, where they will take the ferry to St Malo, before cycling through France and across the Pyrenees into Spain.

Mr Cook explained that originally he planned the trip as a follow-up to a Land’s End to John O’ Groats cycle event he had completed.  The Wirral is where he now lives, and Mojacar is where his family often holiday.   He decided to turn the trip into a fundraiser, and invite Mr Fine to take part, when their mutual friend Mr Setters was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.  The trio know each other from their Reigate days: “we played Reigatians football together in Priory Park for many years, and when we found out Dave had MND it became obvious that we should use this challenge to raise some money and awareness for the cause”, Mr Cook said.

The cyclists’ fundraising page states they have already raised over £6,300 of their £10,000 target.

MNDA is a national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on motor neurone disease care, research and campaigning.   The charity says last year’s successful “Ice Bucket Challenge” campaign enabled it to bring forward several projects.  The charity has recently been advising the Hollyoaks production team on a current storyline dealing with the disease.

Howard Fine, Dave Setters, Andy Cook
Howard Fine, Dave Setters, Andy Cook. Dave Setters said “Look, my arms are working! Just goes to show what happens when you get support!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cycle to Spain poster 12 April
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Related Internet Links

Cycling to Spain for MNDA website, Facebook page, donation page

Motor Neurone Disease Association

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