Jepson Holt Chairman taking part in huge charity bike ride

4 Mar 2014

phil-cyclingOn 19th June 2014 a group of intrepid charity cyclists will meet in Folkestone, bound for Calais and the start of a 620 mile bicycle ride, culminating on the iconic 6,273 ft climb of Mount Ventoux, site of many legendary stages of the Tour de France.

Joining the group in their endeavours will be Jepson Holt Chairman, Philip Jepson, who will be aiming to complete the cycle and raise at least £3,000 towards the team total of £50,000. The money raised will go towards the cost of building accommodation to house patient families at the Walton Centre in Liverpool, which specialises in neurology and neurosurgery and is the only specialist neuroscience trust in the country. The trust already provides vital support to families of seriously ill patients and the residential unit will allow them to afford patient families some of the comforts of home during what can be an extremely testing time.

After crossing the channel early on the morning of 20th June and arriving in Calais, the team will travel south through the Bourgogne region, eventually passing close to the cities of Dijon and Lyon. South of Lyon, the group – which will comprise around 10 riders, plus support vehicles – will head through the beautiful Rhone Valley area, bound for Mount Ventoux.

The group will celebrate arriving at the Mountain on the evening of 25th June and will take a rest day on 26th June in preparation for the ascent on Friday 27th, where they will be joined by more fundraisers, travelling especially to attempt the mountain climb.

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Mount Ventoux has been the site of some of the Tour de France’s most dramatic events, including the infamous death of British cyclist Tom Simpson in 1967. Simpson’s mechanic that day was Harry Hall, who himself sadly passed away in 2007. In a nice moment of circularity, Phil will be riding a bike purchased from Harry’s famous cycling shop in Whitworth Street, Manchester and will no doubt be pausing to take note of the memorial to Simpson, which is located close to the summit and is used as something of a shrine by cycling fans the world over.

The group will fly home from Nice on 28th June, having spent over a week in the saddle, negotiating a huge distance for a very worthy cause. No doubt they’ll feel a little more tired than when they set off but by contributing their target to the build of the Walton Centre’s residential unit, it will hopefully all feel worth it!

The ride is being organised by Fletchers Solicitors and if you feel able to donate to Phil and the team then you can do so at Phil’s JustGiving page.