Memory of niece inspires big charity challenge for Binley Woods man

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Dedicated father and son Martin and Curtis 
Orrill are busy getting into shape for a major two-wheeled test.

The pair, from Binley Woods, have been training hard for the British Gas Bikes Britain, a company-wide nine-day bike ride.

The cycle begins in Glasgow on Saturday (September 1) and is raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. British Gas has set a fundraising target of £500,000, which will be go
towards the hospital’s neurological department.

Martin is doing the full 760-mile ride from Glasgow to Windsor and his son Curtis, an apprentice service engineer, will join him on the Leicester to 
Oldbury leg of the journey.

Martin is no stranger to challenges and has done many one-day events but has never completed a multi-stage event like this so he is very excited about the once-in-a-lifetime challenge.

Martin who is head of 
energy, technology and innovation at British Gas said: “Raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital is very important to me because my niece Elizabeth was born with a hole in her heart.

“She was a regular visitor to GOSH throughout her life. Sadly, she passed away before she reached 30, but without GOSH we would not have had her in our lives for any of the wonderful years and I’m proud to say that I even got to see her get married.”

Tim Johnson, chief executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said the event would help fund a new centre for neurosciences, part of an ambitious redevelopment of the hospital site, that will enable the treatment of more children with complex neurological conditions.