One of the founding directors of Sheffield-based roofing specialists, Martin-Brooks, is saddling up for a marathon charity bike ride across the UK.
Expert roofer, Jeremy Martin, is embarking on a Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride this weekend to raise money for the firm’s 25th anniversary charity challenge.
Jeremy sets off unsupported from Lands End on Saturday on the 1,017 mile trip, which he hopes to complete in two weeks by averaging 80 miles a day. This is the longest and most gruelling physical challenge the keen sportsman has undertaken for Martin-Brooks’ charity initiative and is set to boost the firm’s fundraising total significantly.
Mr Martin said: “Lands End to John O’Groats is a classic endurance ride and one that most keen cyclists would like to attempt at some point in their lives. It has been a personal ambition of mine for some time and I am feeling fit and ready for the challenge, despite the unseasonal weather. Friends and colleagues have been really supportive and I have no doubt that their encouragement and sponsorship will spur me on through the toughest terrain.”
Jeremy is funding all of his own costs during the end-to-end ride, to ensure all of the money he raises benefits Martin-Brooks’ chosen charities directly. So far, the firm has collected more than £13,000 of the £25,000 it pledged to raise to commemorate its 25th anniversary, much of which has already been distributed.
The organisations benefiting from Martin-Brooks’ fundraising include Cavendish Cancer Care, St Vincent’s Furniture Scheme, Sheffield Talking News, The Rowan School, Catcliffe MS Therapy Centre, Amy’s Retreat, Norfolk Park Special School, Sheffield Institute Foundation’s motor neurone research centre and Help for Heroes.
A donation pledge can be made to Jeremy Martin’s Lands End to John O’Groats fundraiser by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.