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Rugby Caffe Nero duo take on Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge

Bill Nichols and Tom Hart from Caffe Nero, Rugby, will be cycling from one end of the UK to the other to raise money for Whizz Kidz charity.

Bill Nichols and Tom Hart from Caffe Nero, Rugby, will be cycling from one end of the UK to the other to raise money for Whizz Kidz charity.

Two colleagues from Caffe Nero in Rugby are taking on the challenge of a lifetime to raise money for a disabled charity.

Tom Hart and Bill Nichols, both from Rugby, will be cycling from Land’s End in Cornwall all the way to John O’Groats in Scotland on June 28 and hope to raise £2,000 for Whizz Kidz.

The charity provides young disabled people with special mobility equipment, individual family support and a range of learning programmes.

Tom, 27, manager of Caffe Nero, Rugby, said he was excited about the 985-mile cycle.

He added: “We want to try and change people’s lives and Whizz Kidz is a great charity because they’re all about supporting and equipping kids who don’t have the ability to have an active life like others do.

“We chose to support them because our colleague Mereille Thompson volunteers for them and helps to raise money, so we already had a link to it.

“We’ve been doing as much training as possible but with a full-time job it hasn’t always been easy to find the time.

“We’ve never done anything like this before so it’s going to be a tough challenge.”

The route is just short of 1,000 miles and will take two weeks to complete.

Bill, 22, shift manager at Caffe Nero, Rugby, said it would be the most physical challenge he has ever faced.

He added: “I wanted to take on a new challenge and I thought doing something like this would be a great way of helping other people and raising awareness.

“I do general fitness training but this is on another level and will be mentally tough.”

Bike specialist Planet X has provided free bikes to complete the route.

Caffe Nero has also pledged to match the amount the friends raise up to the value of £5,000.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/whizzkidzcycle and keep up to date with their progress at www.tomandbill2014.wix.com/endtoend.

 

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