MD’s challenge for charity

Robert Jeffery (far right) in Paris with fellow cyclists
Robert Jeffery (far right) in Paris with fellow cyclists

The managing director of a Westfield retirement home undertook a cycling feat in aid of two local charities.

Robert Jeffery, managing director of Whitegates Retirement Home, cycled from London to Paris in three days, traversing 240 miles in aid of the Air Ambulance Trust and a charity of the

Robert said: “The weather was perfect for the three-day event. The first 24 hours was the hardest going though the North and South Downs. The terrain was hard, very hilly and when we got to Portsmouth we had to stay overnight and get up at 5am and the clocks were an hour ahead. We had to do about 80 miles a day. It felt great to arrive in Paris. The last stage was a lot easier. I met a lot of other cyclists and there was even one woman who was 88 years old and was cycling for multiple sclerosis.”

Money donated to Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust will be added to money raised by residents at the Whitegates fete this Saturday (September 13), 1.30pm to 5pm.

The fete, which will take place at Whitegates, Westfield Lane, Westfield, is to include a variety of different stalls, a bouncy castle and afternoon tea and cake. Entrance is free and drinks and cake are complimentary.

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust’s (KSSAAT) is an independent charitable healthcare provider which works with the Ambulance Service and its state of the art Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) aircraft operates 365 days.

The Samaritans is dedicated to supporting people in distress, 24 hours a day, and has 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland.