It’s a long way from John O’Groats to Land’s End – but KCA’s Nick Hickmott (pictured above, left) is getting on his bike to cycle the route for a baby charity.
Encouraged by a friend to take up the challenge, the young persons’ substance misuse worker from Ashford will set off from Scotland on July 24th and aim to cycle 100 miles each day until he reaches the end tip of Cornwall, 10 days later.
He will be joined on the challenge by former colleague Gareth Wren, 39, who talked him into it over a year ago.
Together they hope to raise £4,000 for the Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Trust, the charity which oversees the fundraising for Medway Maritime Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the same name.
They are raising the money for the Gillingham baby unit in memory of a friend’s baby who was cared for there.
The pair met whilst working at The Caldecott Foundation in Ashford 15 years ago. Gareth still works there as a trainer and Nick has been with KCA for five years.
Nick, 35, who works for KCA’s Young Persons’ Service in Canterbury, signed up for the organisation’s Cycle to Work scheme in April 2014 to enable him to fund a road bike needed for the training, which he will start to increase as the set-off date approaches. The scheme allowed him to buy a bike up to £1,000 tax-free and pay it back to KCA through his wages each month.
Nick said: “I’ve never done anything like this, or this big before and so it is a real challenge for me. It’s a spectacular charity doing amazing work which is very close to our hearts. The staff at the unit offer the highest standards of care not only for sick and premature babies but also for the parents of these children who are going through the scariest and most upsetting experience most of us could imagine.”
The unit relies heavily on donations and the fundraising work of the Oliver Fisher Special care Baby Trust to ensure they can purchase the vital equipment needed to ensure they can continue to deliver the best possible care to the babies they are looking after.
Nick added: “We are hoping to raise money which can be directly used to fund vital equipment that may literally save a baby’s life.”
They have called their challenge ‘10days, 1000 miles’ and can be followed on Twitter during their training and during the ride – @10Days1000Miles.
To sponsor them, visit their fundraising page.