A SUFFOLK man is attempting a 50 mile charity cycling challenge in order to upgrade the equipment at an Essex Hospice.
Daniel Salter, 30, from Sudbury, is attempting the Pedal for The J’s cycle ride so he can donate a power-pack for their pioneering folding wheelchair.
The ride, organised by The J’s Hospice, starts and finishes in Admiral’s Park, Chelmsford, on Sunday, 30 April. Participants have the choice of 15, 35 or 50 mile route but Daniel, a keen cyclist and runner decided on the longer option.
This will be the second time Daniel has challenged himself in support of J’s after completing the Chelmsford Marathon in 2016.
Daniel, who works for mobility scooter specialist TGA, convinced his employer to donate the StrongBack wheelchair on the provision that he completed the marathon and they have agreed to provide the power-pack upgrade if he can make it to the finish line of this new challenge.
Daniel said: “I’m chuffed to bits that my employer TGA has once again kindly offered to donate equipment to The J’s Hospice – they are an ethical company always keen to support a good cause.
“The previous StongBack wheelchair I presented to the charity was so gratefully received and is perfect for use with the motorised solo power-pack.”
The TGA power-pack consists of a motorised unit and wheels that help drive the wheelchair forward which makes pushing it easier for carers.
He said: “If I manage to complete the 50 mile Pedal for the J’s course, the charity’s patients and their carers will be able to enjoy the outdoors with more comfort and less hassle.”
Last November when Daniel delivered the wheelchair to The J’s Hospice in Great Baddow, Chelmsford, he was delighted to meet some of the hospice’s nurses, healthcare assistants and a patient. They were so pleased with the wheelchair that he decided to support them again.
Daniel said: “I have been training for Pedal for The J’s since December and feel confident I can complete the route in 2½ hours.
“It will be tough but I have been practicing around Box Hill in Surrey which is the same hilly area Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins use for their extreme training routines.
“Through a combination of enjoyment and addiction to endurance events, I am ready to tackle this latest one and can’t wait to see everyone’s face at The J’s Hospice when I hand over TGA’s second donation.”
Pedal for The J’s is sponsored for the third year by Beaulieu.
Anyone wishing to take part can book their place online until Monday, 24 April or sign up on the day at Admiral’s Park in Chelmsford. For more information, visit www.thejshospice.org.uk.
BY OLIVER HILL