Redbourn £85K raised for children’s charity

Carl Murray, Cashie the Cat, Paul Graham and Richard Addison

Carl Murray, Cashie the Cat, Paul Graham and Richard Addison - Credit: Archant

A Redbourn businessman has completed a marathon charity cycle ride, raising a stunning £85,000 in the process.

Paul Graham and two colleagues from Cash Converters took the challenge to cycle an astonishing 1,000 miles in aid of the children’s charity Dreams Come True.

Paul Graham, Carl Murray and Richard Addison began their journey at the most south-westerly point of the UK, Land’s End, and travelled north, via Plymouth, Manchester and Glasgow to John O’Groats, the most extreme northerly point of Scotland, completing the cycle ride in an impressive 11 days.

Financial director Paul said: “To raise £85,000 has been an absolutely fantastic achievement and I’ve enjoyed every minute. It was an extremely tough challenge, but for such a worthwhile cause.”

Accompanied by team mascot, Cashie the Cat, Paul and the team endured temperatures over 30 degrees, as they tirelessly pedalled across the country facing gruelling climbs of up to 19,000 metres. Along the way they visited the Manchester Velodrome to cycle the track with Olympic cyclists, and hosted a charity fundraising dinner at the Manchester City Football Club, later passing through Motherwell FC on their way to John O’Groats.

Peter Newman, chief executive of the Dreams Come True charity thanked the cyclists for their incredible fundraising efforts: “They have helped fulfil the dreams of children across the country and for that we are most grateful. Without volunteers such as those taking part in the Cash Converters Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride, nothing we do would be possible.”

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