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HEART Christian newspaper | 20 October 2020

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Charity chief’s non-stop bike hike

Charity chief’s non-stop bike hike

Simon Rooksby, left, with Rory Milford of Chandlers Garage

Hailsham based charity chief Simon Rooksby undertook a 1986 mile solo memorial charity motorbike ride in 48 hours to raise funds in connection with Deaf Awareness week.

Simon travelled non-stop for 26 hours from Sussex to Cornwall, then up to John O’Groats, stopping only for petrol. His one overnight stop was in Perth,  before returning home to Hailsham.

Simon said, “I have faced many challenges through my work with Computers for Charities over the years, but this has to be one of the toughest. If nothing else, I’m absolutely saddle sore from the distance covered!”

A local garage, Chandlers BMW, helped with clothing and preparing his 21 year old motorbike for the challenging journey.

He admits wanting to give up, especially on the final 200-mile leg to John O’Groats. “But you just pick yourself up and getting going for as long as is safe and practicable.”

At this stage Simon remains unsure of the final tally of money raised, but hopes that Eastbourne’s East Sussex Hearing Resource centre will benefit, as it has recently had funding cuts.

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