Upminster resident joins Queen Eleanor cycle ride raising £22,000 for homeless charity

PUBLISHED: 13:30 04 September 2018

Group of Cyclists inc Nick Butler in Grantham

Group of Cyclists inc Nick Butler in Grantham

An Upminster resident took part in a 214 mile bike ride over three days to support homeless people.

A Very Wet Nick ButlerA Very Wet Nick Butler

Nick Butler, 70, from Cranston Park Avenue, joined the Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride and helped raise £22,000 for The Connection at St Martin’s, a charity which helps homeless people find housing and work.

The cyclists’ journey began in Harby, just outside Lincoln where Queen Eleanor died in 1290 and followed the sites of 12 Queen Eleanor crosses, finishing at the queen’s tomb in Westminster Abbey.

Nick said: “The persistent rain on bank holiday Sunday was chilling.

“It brought home how unpleasant it is for rough sleepers with no easy way out of their problems.

“Both the scorching summer and the beast from the east will have made being homeless unbearable.”

The group faced several challenges, including losing one of the members, when cyclist Richard Cox, from Cumbria hit a road bump and fell breaking his collar bone.

Richard was taken to Peterborough hospital while the rest of the cyclists, including his son Matthew, 22, went on to complete the journey.

To support Nick visit his fundraising page.

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