Two colleagues from Caffe Nero in Rugby have cycled nearly 1,000 miles to raise money for a disabled children’s charity.
Tom Hart and Bill Nichols, both from Rugby, cycled from Land’s End in Cornwall all the way to John O’Groats in Scotland and have raised nearly £5,000 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, said it was a tough but enjoyable challenge.
He added: “It’s something I’m really proud of and it’s a great achievement.
“It seemed absolutely huge before we started but we had to take it one step at a time and keep ourselves motivated.
“I think your mind is where the battle is either won or lost so you’ve got to stay focused and set small goals.
“Bill enjoyed singing out loud, that seemed to get him through it, although he did get a few strange looks from people.”
Tom’s wife was driving his car as a support vehicle but it broke down in Inverness and had to be scrapped.
Tom said: “It was unbelievable but we had to get on with it.
“My Dad drove from Rugby to Scotland to help us out and he used his car as the support vehicle so he’s a real hero and saved the day.”
The duo have raised around £2,500 and Caffe Nero has pledged to match their total.
They cycled an average of 70 miles a day across the two-week challenge.
Tom said: “We’ve been in constant contact with Whizz Kidz and they told me that £1,000 would buy a special wheelchair so we have raised enough to change five children’s lives so far and that’s an amazing feeling.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/whizzkidzcycle.