Swindon Bus Company engineer Dominic Winning is to cycle coast to coast to raise money for charity Transaid.
The cycle challenge, which follows the Way of the Roses from Morecambe to Bridlington for a distance of 172 miles, is Transaid’s sixth UK cycling event. Up to 40 participants are set to take part from 23-26 September, and money raised will go to efforts in sub-Saharan Africa to improve road safety and access to healthcare.
Dominic plans to raise at least £1,000 through the event. “How many of us have needed to go to hospital, and just caught a bus, taxi or drove there? Or caught the bus into town, and not given it a second thought? I did. Well, I used to,” he says.
“Then I went to South Sudan – where roads were mud drifts, six feet high. A place where accidents happen every day because conditions are so poor. Where children play, not knowing the dangers they face because there is no separation from the road to the playground.
“Transaid is doing this remarkable thing – enriching lives and ensuring the futures of generations to come, by putting in roads where they are needed most. These are crucial for transporting medicines, and providing access to urgent medical assistance, water, food, supplies and so much more.”
Anyone wishing to donate to Dominic’s cause can visit www.justgiving.com/dominic-winning