NYK is proud to be supporting six young cyclists from Cambridge who are setting off on a 28 day expedition to Casablanca, Morocco in the hope of raising £5,000 for Acorn House, The Sick Children’s Trust hostel at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. The team of former Perse Students, Nat Gimson, Tom Doble, Hugh Pemberton, Rory Davidson, Ed Pearson and George Dean, will be leaving Marshalls Motor Group on Newmakert Road on Sunday morning at 9.30AM. Team member Tom Doble said ‘Marshalls have been an extremely generous sponsor of the team by helping to fund essential kit for our venture. We’re unbelievably grateful for their support and very happy to be setting off from their site. Without the help of Marshalls and our other sponsors; NYK, Pemberton-Greenish Solicitors, Ben Hayward Cycles, Orwell Truck and Van and Anspear, this trip would not be possible’.
The team’s route will trip will take them first from Cambridge to the south coast, across The Channel, down the West coast of France, over the arduous Pyrenees, onwards through the searing mid-summer heat of Spain to Gibraltar, across the Mediterranean into Africa and finally from northern Morocco to our final destination: Casablanca. Team member Rory Davidson remarked ‘The route was chosen to be tough, being from Cambridge we’re not used to hills or forty degree heat! We’ve all just graduated from University and wanted a real challenge’.
The main motivation is of course charity, and the team recently paid a visit to see Acorn House firsthand. Team member Nat Gimson said ‘The work the Sick Children’s Trust do in providing home from home care for the families of seriously ill children is incredible, I can only imagine how important being close to a young child is when they are unwell, and Acorn House makes this possible for hundreds of families a year in Cambridge. It’s entirely funded by donations, so it’s easy to see how important the money we raise will be, it will be great motivation when the going gets hard on the cycle!’
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