TWO Birmingham & Solihull Bees members are planning to cycle 280 miles through Vietnam and into Cambodia to raise funds for charity REGAIN.
Drew Pugh, one of the club’s Colts coaches, and first-aider Sarah Thorne are hoping to help the charity which supports men and women across the UK who have become severely paralysed as the result of sporting accidents.
Their journey will take them from Vietnam’s vibrant Ho Chi Minh City to the beautiful and historic temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Built in the early 12th century, these temples are now a world heritage site and regarded as one of the wonders of the world.
The duo will cycle for five days, averaging 55 miles each day, with a group of cyclists that will include severely paralysed hand cyclists.
“I’m not the smallest of people and have a couple of mountains to climb myself before I can honestly say I am ready for the experience,” said Pugh.
“But so far I have lost six stone and although I have a few more to go I’m on my bike two or three times a week now doing between 10 and 20 miles a session.”
Bike Vietnam to Cambodia, which takes place from November 27 to December 6, is Regain’s 11th fundraising cycle challenge for able-bodied and disabled cyclists. n REGAIN provides support by purchasing equipment to help those paralysed lead more independent lives. The charity currently has requests for items like computers and electric and sports wheelchairs totalling more than £250,000 and is the only charitable organisation in the country dedicated solely to improving the independence of people who have become tetraplegic as a result of a sporting accident.
The pair need to raise a minimum of £3,200 each for the charity and are appealing for donations.
To help, contact Drew on 07872 908569.