Two Chorleywood friends completed their “toughest challenge to date” by riding 735km and raising over £65,000 in the process.
Will Cook, 50, and Sean Brew, 51, were part of 13 supporters of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) including CPT patron Mike Tindall MBE and fellow Rugby World Cup winner Iain Balshaw MBE, who completed the AEGIS “Coast To Coast To Cure” Challenge.
Both Will, who is CEO of CPT, and Sean spoke about what inspired them through the tough moments.
Will said: “It was the hardest thing I have ever, and most probably ever will be a part of. We rode from the Atlantic Coast finishing on the Mediterranean and all suffered. We cycled through it all, snow, wind, rain the lot.”
“It was very challenging but knowing the money was going to help a lot of people was getting us through the tough moments.”
Sean added: “It was incredibly tough, it was a long way but was enjoyed by all. It wasn’t to break any records but to raise money and awareness for the trust.”
Both Will and Sean have a deep personal connection to CPT.
Their best friend and best man at both of their weddings, Tom Isaacs, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 27 and co-founded the trust during his illness.
Tom, who was a Chorleywood resident, unexpectedly died in 2017 at the age of 49, unrelated to the disease which spurred Will to take on the role of CEO and help finish what Tom started.
Sean said how he was full of gratitude to all the people who donated to the cause which will be going towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s.
Will explained: “It’s a significant amount which will go towards sending new drugs, which haven’t been tested yet, into trial. Trialling these drugs is important to finding a cure.
“This money is going towards our fundamental goal – which Tom set out from the start – of finding a cure for Parkinson’s. We are making progress.
“We believe the science is there, it is the funding which is the major obstacle, and if we can ramp up the fundraising the cure will come – I am driven by this desire of achieving it.”
To donate to the fundraising page, visit pledgit.net and search The Coast To Coast To Cure Challenge.