cyclist pedals across the UK in memory of his father
Burnham-On-Sea man has raised over £1,400 for charity by
cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End in memory of his father
who died last year.
Pereira decided to pedal his way across the country to fulfil
a lifelong ambition and raise funds for St Margaret's Hospice
after his father, Mick, passed away in June 2012.
has completed the feat with the minimum of fuss, without a back-up
team and just a tarpaulin, a hammock and a sleeping bag.
He flew from Bristol Airport to Inverness In Scotland, where he
reassembled hisbike and cycled to Inverness Train station, from
where he caught a train to Wick and then cycled from Wick to John
father was an adventurer who began travelling at 17 years old
when he hitch-hiked to Morocco with only a few pounds in his pocket
and some years later drove his VW camper from London to India
on a shoestring.
was paying tribute to his father by attempting an equally arduous
trip, something he can talk about in years to come, something
his dad would have been proud of!" said his mother Gilly.
who says his Navy training in Plymouth set him up perfectly for
the adventure, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I appreciate all
the support I have had back home - this has been a lifelong ambition
of mine, and I am just so proud to be giving something back to
the hospice that did so much for my Dad and Mum."
Margaret's hospice helped Tom's dad by supporting him when he
was terminally ill with cancer when the doctors, nurses and therapists
made his journey so much more comfortable and were wonderful,
caring and supportive to him and his wife. Tom's has an online
sponorship page here.