A MAN who is less than a month away from the first in a series of fundraising challenges says he has been overwhelmed by support.
Mike Shattock, 40, of Truesdale Gardens, Langtoft, will hop on his bike on April 6 to cycle from London to Paris.
It is the first of a series of charity challenges, which Mike is calling the Yellow Beetle Challenge, in aid of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney.
The hospital has been caring for Mike’s wife Sam. She suffered a cardiac arrest in January last year and was left with severe brain damage.
Sam was known for driving a yellow beetle car in the area.
Mike is hoping to raise £10,000 and has so far collected more than £3,000. He will also run the New York Marathon in November and climb Mount Kilimanjaro next March.
He said: “I’m just over the moon that we’re more than a third of the way to reaching the target and I haven’t even completed the first challenge.
“The support I’ve received has just been unbelievable, completely overwhelming really.”
Keen cyclist Mike has been training for the bike ride, which he will complete with five friends. He is taking a less traditional route of cycling to Portsmouth with an overnight ferry crossing because some of his friends are taking part in the Paris Marathon on arrival.
Mike said: “I’m not worried about the cycling at all, which will take three days to complete. I’m looking forward to it.”
He is also planning to complete the ride again in September with a more traditional route. Brittany Ferries and Market Deeping-based financial advisor company Zimb Johnson have sponsored the cost of the ferry crossing.
He also took part in a bag packing event at Sainsbury’s in Bretton, Peterborough, on Saturday, which raised more than £1,000.
He is also hoping to organise similar events at Tesco in Market Deeping and Bourne.
The Deepings School, where Sam used to work as a receptionist and the couple’s two children Harry, 16, and Zoey, 14, attend, also held a non-uniform day.
Sharon Carey, from Peterborough, is also running the London Marathon on behalf of the challenge while family friend Emma Heath has raised £200 from her own sponsored 10-mile run.
To sponsor Mike visit www.justgiving.com/yellowbeetlechallenge.