Ed cycling 2,000 miles to Turkey for Beckton children’s hospice

A cyclist will ride a gruelling 2,000 mile journey to Turkey on his own in a fortnight to raise funds for a children’s hospice.

Ed Jones, 28, will race the Transcontinental London to Istanbul race next month which is Europe’s longest single stage unsupported bike event.

But Ed, who has never attempted a cycle race before, will be spurred on by the thought he is raising money for children with life-limiting illnesses at Richard House Children’s Hospice in Beckton.

To complete the challenge, Ed will need to cycle 150 miles a day, sleeping rough and carrying everything he needs along the route.

Ed, who lives in Lewisham, added: “I recently heard about the children’s hospice and think the work they do at Richard House - as with the work of all hospices - is hugely important to the families they work with.”

Hannah Bosley, events and community fundraiser at Richard House, said: “Over the years and this summer in particular, people have cycled long distances to raise much-needed funds for us but I don’t think we’ve ever had anyone cycle 2,000 miles unsupported.

“We’re full of admiration for Ed and wish him every success.”

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So far, Ed has raised around £250 but if you would like to contribute, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EdJones.