A TYNEMOUTH GP is taking on the challenge of a lifetime next month in a bid to raise as much money for Help 4 Heroes.
Doctor John Roberts of the Priory Medical Group in Tynemouth will join able bodied and disabled cyclists in a ride from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Horse Guards Parade in London, covering 360 miles over six days.
And as he prepares for the final leg of training, Doctor Roberts said the charity was one very close to his heart, that he strongly supports.
He said: “I think they do an exceptional job and I know first hand the things that they do in the rehabilitation centres.
“The opportunity came up to take part in the ride, and I had the time, so thought why not.”
One of John’s son’s Chris is an RAF officer, and has served five months in Afghanistan.
John said: “There is a personal link to the challenge, and I also enjoy the historical element to it.”
The training regime, while hampered because of the bad weather, has meant John has lost one and a half stone in preparation for the ride, which starts on May 28, and is something his patients have started to notice.
He said: “All the patients have been very supportive, especially with the donations in the buckets, and some of the local businesses have provided raffle prizes towards fundraising events.”
Crusoe’s in Tynemouth also allowed John to hold a quiz night where they didn’t charge any money for room hire or the buffet, allowing the £1,483 raised to go to straight to the charity.
John will also be at Crusoe’s on Monday, May 6, on a turbo trainer where supporters will be able to donate money to his fundraising.
Howard Wilson, who owns Crusoe’s, said: “We wanted to support everything that John was doing, and helped in whatever way we could.
“It’s a charity that we believe in and hopefully he will raise as much money as possible.”
To sponsor Dr John Roberts on his journey visit www.bmycharity.com/jbr