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Local businessman completes the ride of his life for North London Hospice

  • Published date
    28/10/2014
  • Author
    NLH Admin
  • Category
    North London Hospice

David Gakhar a local business man from Enfield, took part in the Ride Across Britain challenge this September, cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, raising over £4,000 for the hospice.  David completed the full route of 969 miles broken into 9 daily stages in memory of his mother. Three years ago David’s mother lost her battle with lung cancer. Since then David has been endlessly competing in various bike rides and marathons in memory of his mother raising over £15,000 for North London Hospice, the place where his mother spent her last few days. David, 50 said:”I can’t thank the Hospice enough for all they did for my mother and for my family. They aren’t just there for the patient but they are there for the family too, providing comfort and support at such an emotional turbulent time. This was by far the hardest physical challenge I have ever done, I burned over 100,000 calories and lost over a stone in weight. With hindsight, it was absolutely brilliant, but there were many times during the ride that I fancied throwing in the towel. The camaraderie and knowing that I was doing this for the hospice in memory of my mother was what really spurred me on. I have to say one of the most challenging parts was the camping. I do like my home comforts, sleeping in a tiny one man tent in a wet and windy field with just a sleeping bag and groundsheet after 10 hours in the saddle is not my idea of home comfort.” David started fundraising for the Hospice back in 2012, and also completed the London to Paris bike ride raising £6,000. Last year both David and his father celebrated their 50th and 80th birthdays, and decided to donate all their birthday money to the Hospice, raising £4,000. To sponsor David go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidGakhar            

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