Farington Philip flip flops his bike from Scarborough to Southport for Whizz-Kidz
On the 6th August 2011, Philip Jones from Farington, Lancashire, cycled 150 miles from Scarborough to Southport to raise money for the children’s charity Whizz-Kidz – but with a self-imposed twist. Philip rode the entire arduous journey on his single-speed bike, wearing a pair of flip flops – no mean feat over Yorkshire’s hilly landscape and battling continuous rain!
Philip completed his charity challenge in 15 hours, after setting off from Scarborough at 4.30am. He has beaten his initial target of £500, and is asking generous members of the community to help him raise even more, so that Whizz-Kidz can support local young disabled people get moving with the right wheelchairs.
He said: “The furthest I had cycled in a day before this event was 70 miles, so on a personal level, I’m delighted to have doubled that. With 20 miles still to go, I was absolutely finished and on any other day I would have stopped, but I needed to update my fundraising website with a success story!”
Rachel Dring Whizz-Kidz’ Community Fundraising Manager added: “Philip is an absolute legend. Driving up those hills is hard enough so I have no idea how he summoned the energy to cycle this route and in flip flops on a single speed bike. He is truly amazing! On behalf of Whizz-Kidz, I would like to thank Philip for his support and also Philip’s employer, Geotek.biz, who generously donated £250 of the £800 raised so far.”
Whizz-Kidz has changed the lives of nearly 13,000 disabled children since 1990 – often literally overnight. The charity supports young people to access the right mobility equipment – including powered wheelchairs – at the right time; and delivers wheelchair skills-training, work placements, and other life-skills to help their transition from childhood to adulthood.