What a pleasure it is to encourage all Stationers to support Pádraig Belton as he bicycles from Land's End to John O'Groats in aid of the Barts and Royal London's Trauma Unit.
Paddy is undertaking this arduous challenge on his own, but being Paddy, needless to say he has arranged a dinner and a bed for the night with a different friend for every night of the trip. Last night he attended a charity dinner in Plymouth so those first morning miles must have been especially tough! Paddy is sending through regular updates and his first reads as follows:
'Giles [Fagan] popped along with Imogen and their baby to my send-off cycling down the aisle of St Bride's (with a few Oxford friends who came as a surprise). [I] am now pedalling from Bristol to Birmingham, after 130 [miles] from Plymouth through Devon downpours and [it's] a beuatiful day for cycling!'
Here is a picture of Paddy at the start line.
If you would like to support Paddy's trip, you can sponsor him by clicking here. He certainly deserves our support!