Councillor’s epic ride in aid of Newark hospice
DISTRICT councillor Neill Mison will embark on an epic charity cycle ride this September as he pedals his way a distance of 950 miles between Land’s End and John O’Groats.
Councillor Mison (52), vice-chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s leisure and environment committee, will be taking part in his own tour of Britain in an eight-day marathon to raise cash for Beaumond House Community Hospice in Newark and raise awareness of the sight condition that he has, nystagmus.
And if all goes according to plan, he will complete the journey between September 11 and 18, ready for a return to committee duties on September 19.
His ride will take place just days after Newark and Sherwood hosts Stage Four of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race, the biggest sporting event to be held in the district’s history. Large parts of the district feature in the 175km route which takes place on Wednesday, September 6.
As part of his training, Councillor Mison, an IT consultant at the University Hospitals of Leicester, cycles from Newark to his place of work two or three times a week and is a keen triathlete.
His eight day ride presents a challenge of distances of up to 140 miles but he will be resting at two-hour intervals and will have a support vehicle driven by fellow district councillor Johnno Lee, an Iraq and Afghanistan Army veteran.
Councillor Mison said: “Beaumond House is an excellent local charity, and I’m hoping that through my JustGiving page I can raise in the region of £5,000. This will give much-needed funds for the hospice which is celebrating 30 years of delivering vital care to the community this year.
“As I have nystagmus, a little known hereditary sight condition causing visual impairment, I also want to raise awareness of this. I have, for example, never been able to drive a motor vehicle.”
Beaumond House offers supportive palliative care to patients with life limiting or terminal illnesses and their families. It also provides short term respite care, day care and care in the community.
Follow the link to Councillor Mison’s JustGiving page.