Press Release: 8th July 2016
A father and son team, who set a record cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End 22 years ago, are jumping in the saddle again to raise funds for the charity they helped on their first ride.
Nigel Abbot and his son Kerry rode from the top of the UK to the bottom in 1992 when Kerry was only 11. He became the youngest person to complete the journey by bicycle at the time. In the process they raised £2500 for Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead.
On July 31 they are teaming up again and setting off on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 to raise more funds for the charity.
Nigel, from Esher, said: “Training is going well. We are doing 40 to 50 miles each weekend. Kerry is 33 and in his physical prime but I cycle a lot so I’m hoping we can cross the finish line together.”
The Abbots are part of a group of cyclists who are tackling the course to raise funds for the Wildlife Aid Foundation; the Leatherhead-based wildlife rescue and rehabilitation charity.
Banstead couple Bryan and Heidi Strapp, who own Domestique Cycle Café in Bookham are also raising money for WAF.
Bryan explained: “We were looking for a charity to support and Wildlife Aid does very important work for the local environment. In cycling, the Domestique is the support rider for the other riders, they shelter their teammates from the wind and elements and make their progress easier. It seemed fitting that we raise money for WAF because the charity shelters animals and helps them too.”
The course starts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, goes through London to Surrey’s stunning country roads and hills before returning to the capital to finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
WAF founder and CEO Simon Cowell is calling on residents to get behind the team and show their support by donating at www.justgiving.com/wildlifeaid.
He said: “I have nothing but gratitude and admiration for our riders. We rely completely on donations, volunteers and goodwill. Costs rise every year. It costs over £1100 to keep the centre going and its always humbling when people take on challenges like the Ride100 in order to help us carry on the work we do. Please support them and give what you can.”