After raising over £10’000 for charity last year, a Preston local has launched another campaign to raise even more money in 2015.Advertisement
In 2014, Jordan Dashti and his co-workers at the Preston head office of jewelers Peter Jackson, were set a challenge by their managing director. Peter Jackson asked five stores and head office to take £500 and turn it into as much money as possible for their charity of choice. Jordan and his co-workers decided to support The Space Centre in Preston.
Jordan’s challenge was to cycle a distance of 196 miles, stopping off at each Peter Jackson store along the way. After setting off from Carlisle, he cycled the 61 miles to Lancaster. The following day, it was back on his bike to cycle another 31 miles to Blackburn, then another 16 miles to reach Bury. On the final day, Jordan cycled a further 37 miles to Southport, followed by the final stretch of 19.3 miles to Preston and the last 2.7 miles until he reached The Space Centre.
The campaign was a huge success, raising a total of £10,404 and this year, Jordan plans to do it all over again, bigger and better than before. This time, Jordan has set himself not one, but two tough challenges, to raise even more money for The Space Centre.
Task one will begin on June 12th when Jordan, with his friends Steven Willetts and Karl Hodgson, will attempt to cycle the length of Great Britain. They will begin at the extreme South-western point of Great Britain, Lands End. From there, they plan to travel to John o’Groats, the extreme Northern point of mainland Scotland. The journey will see the group travelling around 900 miles and across 3 countries, carrying everything they need on their bikes or on their backs, with no support vehicles.
This particular challenge is usually completed over 14 days, with a full support vehicle. But Jordan and his team will be attempting the task over 10 days, at an average of around 90 miles per day.
The second task will take place on August 2nd when Jordan and Luke Higham will face the Prudential ride London-Surrey 100. This involves a grueling 100 mile route which will begin in Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic Park. The pair will travel from there, through the capital and into the Surrey countryside, on a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the 2012 London Olympics. Jordan and Luke will be competing with thousands of other cyclists to complete the 100 miles in 8 and a half hours.
You can follow the challenge on Jordan’s blog and if you wish to donate to either of these challenges you can visit both of Jordan’s Just Giving pages here and here.
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