A Bedlington man today begin his biggest charity fundraising project ever – all in the name of wildlife.
By day, Lee Ford is a personal trainer at Paramount Gym in Bedlington but by night he turns into a volunteer fundraiser for Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust volunteers
Today, Lee he starts his Cap-To-Cap bike ride in London – a gruelling 10-day challenge which will see him ride more than 850 miles across the country and Ireland, taking in the five capital cities of the British Isles – London, Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh.
Lee’s ride will end at the ‘Cap To Cap’ party at the Half Moon Inn in Stakeford, Saturday 9 June from noon onwards. At 1.30, Lee will be attempting the famous ‘Half Moon 30oz Burger Challenge’ at 1.30pm and, after his previous 10 days in the saddle, who can begrudge him that?!
During 2011 and 2012, super-fit Lee has taken part in a number of sporting challenges to raise funds for the wildlife charity.
It all kicked off with the BUPA Great Winter Run in Edinburgh in January 2011 which was followed by the BUPA Great Manchester Run in May 2012.
Not content with that, Lee organised two annual Halloween fun runs through Bothal Woods in 2010 and 2011 and, later this year, he will be running in the Great North Run dressed as the Roald Dahl character the Fantastic Mr Fox before sprinting off to his first full marathon event – the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 30th September.
Anybody wishing to support Lee can do so by logging on at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/leeford
Lee will also be joined two friends, Steven Shepherd and Ali Bailey who will be raising funds for their chosen charities.