947-mile-cycle-ride-in-aid-of-two-local-charities

Byline: Just over a year ago, Poole lifeboat volunteer Crew Member Chris Speers and RNLI staff member Luke Williams set themselves an endurance challenge – Land’s End to John O’Groats by pedal power.
Page Content: Starting on Saturday 6 June 2015, it will take them 14 days to cycle from the southern tip of England to its northernmost point in Scotland, and the route they’re following is 947 miles.

Not content with just cycling the route, they will be unsupported, carry all their own kit and will sleep in tents along the way. Averaging between 70 and 80 miles a day, Chris and Luke will pedal from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for two charities that are very important to them – RNLI Poole Lifeboat Station, the charity that saves lives at sea; and CALM, the campaign against living miserably, dedicated to preventing male suicide.

They are hoping to raise £1 each for every mile they cycle, raising nearly £1,900 between them.

Chris says ‘It’s a big challenge, but I’m looking forward to it. As an RNLI volunteer crew member
I go out in challenging conditions and this is another way to push myself and help raise awareness for the RNLI. This cycle is also happening in our exciting 150th anniversary year at Poole Lifeboat Station. ‘I’ve been on nearly 100 shouts in my 6 years as a crew member so I’ve seen the impact that lifeboat crew can have on the lives of people we’ve never met but have rescued and brought back to their families.’

Luke has always wanted to challenge himself as well as raise money for CALM. ‘I had a family member who sadly took his own life so it’s a cause I’ve supported for some time and is dear to my heart. ‘I want to do my bit to challenge a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it.’

At the start, they’re looking forward to the ‘dragon’s teeth’ of the Cornish hills, but when they reach the mountains of Scotland they know that after 5 or 6 hours in the saddle, their aching legs will be trying to spin on their bikes and they’ll be really hurting.
But both Chris and Luke agree: ‘What will keep us going is the thought that we know we can dig deeper than we ever thought possible knowing that the money we’ve raised will have an impact on hundreds of lives.’

You can follow Chris and Luke’s progress on lejog947.co.uk.

To support them both and donate to their charities, go to justgiving.com/teams/LEJOG947.

Contact Chris on 07729620499 hello@chrisspeers.com and Luke on 07966292476 alukeonlife@gmail.com

RNLI
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the UK and Republic of Ireland coasts. The lifeboat crews at Poole Lifeboat Station have launched over 5,000 times, rescued over 4,000 people and saved over 800 lives in its 150 years since 1865.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland

CALM
The Campaign Against Living Miserably, or CALM, is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Male suicide accounts for over 75% of all suicides and is the single biggest cause of death in men aged 20–45 in the UK.

Registered charity number 1110621 and SC044347.

Byline: Just over a year ago, Poole lifeboat volunteer Crew Member Chris Speers and RNLI staff member Luke Williams set themselves an endurance challenge – Land’s End to John O’Groats by pedal power.
Page Content: Starting on Saturday 6 June 2015, it will take them 14 days to cycle from the southern tip of England to its northernmost point in Scotland, and the route they’re following is 947 miles.

Not content with just cycling the route, they will be unsupported, carry all their own kit and will sleep in tents along the way. Averaging between 70 and 80 miles a day, Chris and Luke will pedal from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for two charities that are very important to them – RNLI Poole Lifeboat Station, the charity that saves lives at sea; and CALM, the campaign against living miserably, dedicated to preventing male suicide.

They are hoping to raise £1 each for every mile they cycle, raising nearly £1,900 between them.

Chris says 'It's a big challenge, but I’m looking forward to it. As an RNLI volunteer crew member
I go out in challenging conditions and this is another way to push myself and help raise awareness for the RNLI. This cycle is also happening in our exciting 150th anniversary year at Poole Lifeboat Station. ‘I’ve been on nearly 100 shouts in my 6 years as a crew member so I’ve seen the impact that lifeboat crew can have on the lives of people we’ve never met but have rescued and brought back to their families.'

Luke has always wanted to challenge himself as well as raise money for CALM. ‘I had a family member who sadly took his own life so it’s a cause I’ve supported for some time and is dear to my heart. ‘I want to do my bit to challenge a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it.’

At the start, they’re looking forward to the ‘dragon’s teeth’ of the Cornish hills, but when they reach the mountains of Scotland they know that after 5 or 6 hours in the saddle, their aching legs will be trying to spin on their bikes and they’ll be really hurting.
But both Chris and Luke agree: ‘What will keep us going is the thought that we know we can dig deeper than we ever thought possible knowing that the money we’ve raised will have an impact on hundreds of lives.’

You can follow Chris and Luke’s progress on lejog947.co.uk.

To support them both and donate to their charities, go to justgiving.com/teams/LEJOG947.

Contact Chris on 07729620499 hello@chrisspeers.com and Luke on 07966292476 alukeonlife@gmail.com

RNLI
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the UK and Republic of Ireland coasts. The lifeboat crews at Poole Lifeboat Station have launched over 5,000 times, rescued over 4,000 people and saved over 800 lives in its 150 years since 1865.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland

CALM
The Campaign Against Living Miserably, or CALM, is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Male suicide accounts for over 75% of all suicides and is the single biggest cause of death in men aged 20–45 in the UK.

Registered charity number 1110621 and SC044347.