Henley Information Systems Sponsors Penny2Paris Cycle Challenge

The Penny2Paris cycle challenge ride by Matt Richardson and Bill Pollard in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support got a tyre-ific boost this week with Henley Information Systems based at Badgemore Park backing the ride with sponsorship.

The duo are planning to leave Henley on 8 June and ride to Newhaven and then board the overnight ferry to Dieppe and ride to Paris from there.  They are planning to ride about 40 miles per day and complete the challenge within a week. The friends plan to dress up for the challenge in tweed or pith helmets and desert jackets depending on the conditions.

Matt is recovering from throat cancer after receiving treatment over the last 2 years.  Matt isn’t unfamiliar to big cycle challenges – most of them previously on his Raleigh Chopper. In 2014, Matt he rode up it up Mount Ventoux, in 2015 he set the new hour record distance of 31.87km (19.8mph) and in 2016 he rode to the top of Passo dello Stelvio in Italy and in 2017 up Alpe d’Huez.  All of these challenges were to raise money for Bloodwise, a blood cancer charity, and in memory of his father who died aged just 55.

Neil Duguid, MD at Henley Information Systems said, “We need to be out there and what Matt and Bill are doing is definitely out there!  Matt has a very deep sense of ridiculous.  I first met Matt in 2017 during an election campaign with our political opinions being mutual.  We got to knew Matt also through Lovibonds and playing music there. Matt is a musician and I just pretend to be. It’s extraordinary that too that we found our two favourite Beatles songs are the same; Come Together and In My Life.  So lots of mutual interests.  I’ve also had cancer.  The nature of our operations in the market is changing, so we need to be more out there with what’s happening.  We’re doing lots of things on the marketing side and this really fits very very well.”

Matt, “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Neil and Henley Information Systems for their support, it will help with the costs for the trip; accommodation and the support vehicle we’ll need for the 5 day trip.  Over the last few weeks I’ve been able to start singing again which I didn’t think I would be able to.  I feel a bit of a Jeeves and Wooster vibe song coming that Bill and I will play on the ukulele on the way to Paris!”

If you would like to donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/penny2paris

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