The men, co-owners of Rochdale firm J Freight Limited, based on Mellor Street, will be faced with the ambitious challenge of cycling 56 miles from the capital, winding through the English countryside and finishing in Brighton.
Says Steve, “Having watched charity programs on TV, you realise that a few pounds can change people’s lives. Having heard of the great work care do we decided to give it a go.”
CARE International is a leading aid organisation fighting global poverty and delivering emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters. In 84 countries around the world, CARE works with communities to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, improve maternal and child health, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources.
Steve added, “I'm sure it will be difficult and very demanding, but living in Rochdale we have plenty of hills to train on. We started training early February, did a couple of five mile rides then moved up to 17 mile run and the last ride was 30 miles along the East Lancs route. It's hard going considering we haven't been on a bike for years but you think of the end result and it pushes you through.”
CARE Challenge Manager Neil Munro says, “The CARE London to Brighton Cycle Challenge is a fantastic way for our supporters to challenge themselves and challenge poverty. Through their efforts Steve and Paul will be helping some of the world’s poorest people find a route out of poverty- we’re grateful to them for taking part.”
Steve, 44, and Paul, 33, are looking for sponsorship for the challenge. CARE hopes to raise £25,000 through the challenge and the brothers hope to raise £1000. Their fundraising page is www.justgiving.com/STEVEN-JACKSON2 .
Places are still available on CARE Challenge events the summer, including London to Brighton bike ride- for further info visit www.carechallenge.org.uk.