Friday, 8 June 2012
A PHARMACY technician from Cardiff will be clocking up 100km racing through the streets of late night London to raise money for charity.
Roger Gale, dispensary manager at Whitchurch Hospital, has signed up for the London Nightrider Cycle event this weekend (10/6).
He will be navigating 100km of London streets starting in the early hours of Sunday all in aid of Diabetes UK.
Forty-two-year-old Roger, who lives in Newport, has been diabetic since he was 10 and felt the need to help others with the disease.
He said: “I have been diabetic for over 32 years and always appreciated the support over the decades. I also suffered from a heart attack over two years ago. I have now made a full recovery and want to help charities that have helped me and my family.”
Roger will set off at 12.45am on Sunday in what he hopes will be the first of many fundraising cycle challenges.
He said: “It’s my first big event so there’s a bit of pressure. I’ve been training on the streets of Cardiff and Newport but I think it will be pretty hard on the night – starting in the early hours will add to any fatigue but I hope the adrenaline will kick-in early.
“I am a bit nervous, but the support and generosity of friends and colleagues has been overwhelming and I don’t want to let them down and the chance to help others is driving me on.”
Cheryl Way, Principal Pharmacist for Cardiff and Vale UHB, said: “We wish Roger all the best in undertaking this challenge to help others and hope that staff throughout the UHB will support him by donating via the website.”
Roger is setting up a new website – www.charitybiker.com – and hopes to have local businesses and individual sponsoring the site to help boost his fundraising efforts.
He said: “Please sponsor me at www.charitybiker.com and follow news of my charity challenges.”