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INCREDIBLE EFFORT: 91-year-old great grandfather from Bushey embarks on gruelling challenge 

 Published on: 29th June 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 91-year-old great grandfather is embarking on an incredible challenge to replicate Sir Tom Moore and has raised over £3,500 already for Hospice UK.

With an extended family of seventeen, John Gilbert has always wanted to show his appreciation to the UK since he arrived as a refugee at the age of nine in 1939.

His goal is to recreate the final day of a trip with two school pals in 1948 where they cycled over 1,000 miles on a round-trip expedition from London to Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Using an indoor pedal exerciser, John will cycle 175 miles, the distance from Doncaster to Central London.

John said: “Sir Tom Moore has provided my inspiration with his incredible effort for the NHS. The Hospice movement too needs our support in these difficult times, so to show my thanks and gratitude, I want to raise as much money as possible.

“I owe my whole life to the UK people who are arguably the most tolerant nation in the world. I am aware too of they many fellow former refugees and immigrants who have contributed greatly to the wellbeing of the UK.

“Back then, the challenge took 17 hours. It might take a little longer now, but I am incredibly determined and I’m certain that, with the help of your donations, I will reach my goal.”

John’s target is currently at £3,000, to donate to the cause head to Virgin Money Giving and search “John’s 175-mile Hospice Cycle Challenge at 91.” Jo

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