3rd December 1999

 

MIKE’S CHARITY CASH PLEA

 

A Hull man is planning to complete an arduous 215-mile cycle ride across Cuba before his 62nd birthday to raise money for charity.

 

Mike Hubbard, from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, has taken up the challenge laid down by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association to take part in the fundraising trip in likely temperatures of 90 degrees fahrenheit.

 

With a sponsorship target of £2,100, Mike is looking for the support of friends, colleagues and the people of Hull to help him achieve his dream of cycling across Cuba before his next birthday.

 

Mike will have to avoid the excesses of the Christmas and New Year period to get down to some serious training. He leaves for Cuba in early January.

 

“There’s not long to go and it’s time I intensified my training,” said Mike, who works in teaching support at ULH’s city centre campus. “I’m not a regular cyclist but I know I’ll get through it.”

 

Mike is spending one day of the ride sharing a tandem cycle with a blind person. “There will be several visually impaired people taking part and I volunteered to take on what will be quite a responsibility,” he added.

 

A guide dog costs £34,000 to train and each person may need as many as eight dogs during their lifetime. “Having a guide dog is a lifelong commitment and after I found out how much it costs I thought I would do my bit to help.”

 

The money Mike raises will go towards the GDBA’s vital work training guide dogs but will also benefit the people of Cuba. The charity will make to a donation to a school in Havana for visually impaired children.

 

To make a donation call Mike on 01482 462001.

 

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Sam Hendley

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