A MAN who cycled from Hove to Tunbridge Wells and back in a day to raise funds for Samaritans has not ruled out future fundraisers.
Having closed his Harry Potter shop in Brighton this December and begun a new job, Oliver Dall said: “Now I do things that are good and that make me feel good.” One of those things was his marathon cycle ride for the charity.
“I think Samaritans are such a valuable charity, I’ve personally called them at a stage in my life and they have been a huge help,” he told the Times.
His sponsored 81.5-mile cycle ride took him from Hove to Tunbridge Wells, giving him the chance to meet friends on the bank holiday weekend. “It’s a lovely place, and I have friends living there,” he said.
“We went to Saint John’s Yard and had a burger. It was absolutely lush,” he added.
Yet Tunbridge Wells was only the halfway point of his journey, and he set off again, completing the return journey on the same day – August 28 – in about 10 hours of actual cycling.
Although his £250 target was relatively modest, he explained: “It’s an achievable amount which didn’t seem too far-fetched.
“There are so many fundraisers,” he added.
Oliver ended up raising £284, and plans to continue his efforts to spread awareness and raise funds about
Samaritans, which responds to phone calls, texts and emails, from anyone having a difficult time.
“It’s miraculous that you can ring someone and talk to them,” he told the Times. “I don’t think a lot of people know about the Samaritans.”
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