Wheels in motion for charity
PUBLISHED: 15:14 31 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:49 11 August 2010
REMEMBRANCE of a 7/7 heroine and help for a hospice are among the reasons that led three friends to embark on a journey of a lifetime. Two bus drivers and bus engineer will leave their motorised vehicles at work and venture out on a strenuous charity cycl
REMEMBRANCE of a 7/7 heroine and help for a hospice are among the reasons that led three friends to embark on a journey of a lifetime.
Two bus drivers and bus engineer will leave their motorised vehicles at work and venture out on a strenuous charity cycling ride from Britain's southernmost tip of Land's End in Cornwall to the very northern spot of John O'Groats in Scotland.
The 1000-mile journey is expected to take 12 to 14 days from July 10, and the men are hoping to raise several thousand pounds for three good causes.
Dagenham-bred Steve Smith, 48, who now lives in Manor Park, is doing the ride to raise money for a charity that helps the blind, as his 14-year-old nephew, James Hazel, also from Dagenham, was born with a condition called Anophthalmia which means he was born without eyes.
Scott Barker, 31, from the Isle of Dogs, an engineer for London buses, is cycling to raise funds for St Joseph's Hospice in Hackney, which was the last port of call for his heroic mother, who passed away in 2007.
Vivien Shields, from Bow, received an award from the London Mayor in 2007 for driving victims of the 7/7 bombings to hospital while she was on duty as a bus driver on that day.
At that stage she had already been diagnosed with cancer for the third time, to which she succumbed five months later at the age of 50.
Mr Barker said: "She always put others first right till the end and never gave up until she lost the fight last November at the age of 50."
Martin Gordon, 47, from Stepney Green, is cycling for the Children's Fund for Barts and the Children's Hospital.
He returned to his former job as a bus driver after a heart attack left him unable to drive for some time.
Anyone wishing to donate money for Steve's charity can log onto www.bmycharity.com where they can search for his name.
Those wishing to donate for Scott's and Martin's causes should log onto www.justgiving.com.