A father and daughter will both be facing difficult challenges to raise money for Help For Heroes.
Jason Mayor will be taking on the Big Battlefield Bike Ride which is a 350-mile cycle through several historic battle sites from World War 2 in France finishing at Dunkirk.
Whilst Jason’s daughter Abigal will be doing a sponsored indoor rock climb of the equivalent of Blackpool Tower.
Jason will be part of 200 riders led by a team of veterans who will be cycling around 70 miles per day beginning at Étretat in Normandy on 8th June.
Jason will be part of a 4 man team who will be stopping by various iconic World War 2 battlefields and war memorials along the way.
As a team, they have a target of £11,100 to raise and have been doing other various fundraisers including Abigal’s climb.
Jason is confident they will hit their targets, he said, “We’re doing alright at the moment,
“We’re up to about £5000, as long as we have our first instalment in by March we’re happy days.”
Jason is an experienced cycler, he is a level 2 cycling coach but has never attempted a challenge this big before.
He said, “I’ve never done a century ride, I’ve done a coast to coast over 2 days which was 190 miles but I’ve never done anything like this before.”
Jason believes he will have to get stuck into training more to be able to face the challenge, He said,
“I just need to get more training in, we’ve been doing that much with the fundraising that I’ve kind of neglected the training.”
When he is not cycling or practising rock climbing with Abigal and his wife Carolin, Jason is a manager at Royal Mail. They have agreed to match fund whatever Jason raises on his Sponserme page here.
Abigal is helping her dad raise the funds by taking on a very tough task of her own, an indoor rock climb the equivalent of Blackpool tower.
This means she will have to climb the indoor rock wall 23 times to have climbed 158 metres.
Abigal is now a confident rock climber after she started in August 2018 and sometime after that got her mum and dad involved.
They all practice at least once or twice a week at West View Leisure Centre.
Abigal also got her cousin Amelia into rock climbing and they will be facing the challenge together on 17th February.
Abigal is confident she can complete the task but knows it will be tough, She said,
“I feel good about it because I can do it, it’s a just a case of can I do it all at once with my arms and my fingers hurting.”
Jason’s team also has a Justgiving page to pool all their donations which you can visit here.