Following last year’s introduction of ‘selfie’ into the Oxford English Dictionary, this year surely belongs to ‘MAMIL’, also known as Middle Aged Men In Lycra!
With photos of Hugh Jackman and George Clooney flying around the internet in their tight-fitting cycling shorts, two East Northamptonshire Council colleagues wanted to get in on the action and raise money for charity.
David Crawley and Mike Deacon, both from the Environmental Services team at the council, doused their thighs in talcum powder to endure a 560 mile cycle ride across France to raise money for Stoke Mandeville and its National Spinal Injuries Clinic (NSIC).
With high winds and rain during a couple of the days, Mike and David fought through the weather to raise an amazing £1138 for the clinic. It’s true that the evening breaks with the local wine and cheeses did help take their minds off their stiff legs!
This fund-raising event was very personal to David, whose son was in Stoke Mandeville last year for 6 months following a serious road accident. David says:
“I’ve seen first hand the hard work Stoke Mandeville and in particular the NSIC do to help people with spinal injuries. The staff has supported my family brilliantly and raising this money is a way to thank them and help them keep supporting other patients and families.”
“I want to thank everyone who sponsored David and I on this trip, especially our colleagues at East Northamptonshire Council and our friends and family.”