Gordon Short, who is in his 70s, from Hemel Hempstead, is setting himself a big challenge by taking on a 100k cycle challenge to raise funds for local homeless charity DENS.
The Hemel Hillbuster, which is back for its fourth year, is a popular cycling event, giving people a choice of either a 60km or 100km route which takes over challenging Chiltern hills, around stunning countryside and through beautiful villages around Dacorum.
Gordon said: “The last time I cycled 70 miles was on my mountain bike when I was 21 years old, now in my 70’s, I’m training on my new electric bike four times a week in preparation for the big day. My new bike has taken me on lots of new adventures; I’ve been cycling to places I never knew existed!”
Gordon, who is a long standing volunteer for DENS adds: “I have made many friends and enjoy the variety of my voluntary role, including dating and stacking tins in the foodbank and being a support visitor; working with clients to understand and help resolve the issues they are facing. I’m always made to feel appreciated and it makes me more appreciative of the things I take for granted.”
DENS CEO, Wendy Lewington, said: “We are thrilled that Gordon is taking on our Hillbuster challenge and we’ll be cheering him on all the way.
“Come and join Gordon, and hundreds of other cyclists, on either a 60 or 100k route – both in the beautiful rolling Herts/Bucks countryside.
“All you need is a bike and a sense of fun. It’s a fantastic way to get some exercise and make a difference. In addition, you’ll be helping to highlight, the issues that homeless people face.”
Over the past three years, the Hillbuster has raised over £40,000 to help fund DENS’ integrated services. This year, with your help, DENS would love to raise even more to continue to help rebuild the lives of local people.
Grab your bike and make a difference to those who are homeless, or on the edge of homelessness. To find out more visit www.dens.org.uk/cycle or email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
DENS are also on the lookout for unused bikes. Fran Martin, head of fundraising and communications said: “Do you have a sad, lonely bike yearning to be back on the road? Please donate it to our Up-cycle Project where our service users will bring it back to life and raise vital funds towards our services in the process. Please drop it off at The Hub, Paradise, HP2 4TF – Thank you”