On the 26th July, Brian Johnstone (40 years old) and Andy Slater (37 years old) will set off on their epic cycle trek from Land’s End to John O’Groates. Their aim is to raise over £10,000 for Syria Relief. Although neither cyclist has any connection to Syria, both say they felt compelled to act when images of the horror unfolded on the news. Brian, a former British soldier, says “Violence against civilians is abhorrent and we must act to ease the suffering of the innocent men, women and children fleeing the terrors of the current crisis”.
Andy, BBC Sports Personality of the Year Winner 2000 and a previous Olympic and Commonwealth Silver Medalist says “The route we are taking is particularly grueling and we aim to complete the journey in just 10 days, It’s a challenge that we are both committed to completing, and spurring us along is the thought that we are helping this noble and worthwhile cause”.
To date Andy and Brian have raised a total of £3000 with many of the pledges coming from local businesses. Brian says ”The Muslim community in Preston has been particularly generous in their sponsorship and a pledge from a local business alone has ensured the costs of the challenge has been met, so every penny raised from here on in is guaranteed to go directly to where it is needed most”.
You can follow our progress on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SyriaRelief
To make a pledge, click here or follow the link: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/brianjohnstone1.
Please donate generously to support this magnificent effort of those two valiant heroes. We at Syria Relief are humbled by their selfless dedication, and are deeply indebted to their generosity, kindness and compassion. Let’s all cheer them along and support them generously.