Intrepid cyclist Ashley Gibson will be experiencing the wonders of Vietnam in October as he crosses the country on a bike to raise money for the CMA.
Ashley, a 23-year-old mechanic, from Sowerby Bridge near Halifax, is taking on the challenge in support of his dad Darren who was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy eight years ago and has been waiting for a heart transplant for over a year. Ashley hopes to raise £5,000.
On the 660km route, he will see some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, including bright green rice paddies, rugged mountains and white sandy beaches.
Ashley said: “ The CMA has really helped my dad over the past years and I wanted to do something in return. I took up cycling about three years ago and really enjoy it. The trip will be eight days of riding - with the shortest day doing 50km. On day four we climb to 1,000 metres above sea level. I’m really looking forward to it.”
He added: “When my dad suggested tongue in cheek about a Vietnam cycle trek I don’t think he thought I’d say yes. But ever since people around me have helped to raise the money I need for the challenge. My grandma organised among other things a charity night. A drum band called Drum Machine did a couple of spots at our local community centre raising about £1,600.
“It's now time to get my head down, train and try to break the £5000 mark."
Any money he raises over £3,500 will be shared with New Start, the transplant charity at Wythenshawe Hospital.
Darren said: "I'm really grateful to the CMA and my nurse Rachel Walker for the help they have given me and also for encouraging Ashley to get his heart checked. These conditions are often inherited so it is important that family members are checked."
Ashley is going on the trip, from October 25th November 5th, with a friend supporting another charity. As well as getting sponsorship they have raised extra cash by selling advertising spaces on their t-shirts that they also use in the gym and out and about. To sponsor Ashley, see here or text ASHG89 £(amount) to 70070.
If you would like to take part in a Vietnam cycle ride, see here or email Daniel Jackson.
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