Team Calumet member, Laurence Male will embark on the 930-mile cycle challenge from Lands’ End to John O’Groats in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital on Sunday, August 20.
After undergoing a ‘life-changing’ operation as a child, he’s geared-up to raise hundreds for the hospital that treated him.
“When I was 11-years-old I underwent an operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital to fit a brace on the roof of my mouth to help me breath.
“The top plastic surgeon in the country performed the operation, which was life-changing and by taking part in the cycle challenge I hope to give something back to the hospital which gave me so much” said Laurence.
Since taking up cycling three years ago, Laurence has lost nine stone. He has been training for the event by cycling to and from work each day.
He said: “Cycling has become a huge part of my life and seems it’s quite a fitting way to raise thousands of a very worthy cause.”
Together with his friends Tim Bruce and James Wyatt, the trio aim to cover 100-miles a day and hope to complete the challenge ten days later.
Jon Warner, Managing Director of Calumet Photographic, said: “We are very proud of Laurence. He is an extremely valued member of the team and we were more than happy to support his fundraising.
“Cycling 100 miles a day for nine days is an epic challenge and one, that we have no doubt Laurence will complete. He’s extremely dedicated and trains heavily every day.
“We wish him the best of luck in his challenge and encourage everyone to get behind him and raise money for such a worth-while cause, which Laurence himself has first-hand experience of.”
Laurence has initially set himself a target to raise £2,500 for the charity. We’ve decided to support him in this and during our Spring Open Days a complimentary sensor cleaning was held at each event with all the donations going towards Laurence’s chosen charity, the Great Ormond Street Hospital. We’ve managed to raise nearly £4000 and are hoping for Laurence to double his initial target, hitting the £5k mark by the end of his epic cycle.
If you wish to support the cause, please sponsor Laurence by visiting his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Laurence-Tim-James-LEJOG