An advertising executive will ditch his suit for cycling gear to cycle from London to Paris to raise money for the Birmingham hospital which helped save his life.
Nick Berry, aged 24, spent the first two years of his life at Birmingham Children’s Hospital after being born with a condition which meant his heart would not work properly.
Despite medics warning he could die from his illness, Nick made a full recovery and wants to raise as much as he can as a way of saying “thank you” to the doctors and nurses who saved his life.
Nick will join brother Jamie, a 27-year-old administrator, and friends, IT worker Neal Lamont, public relations worker Dan Webb and finance worker Sam Sneyd, who are all 26, to cycle 300 miles over four days from Hampton Court to the Eiffel Tower.
The men, all from Moseley, hope the trip will raise £5,000 for the hospital.
”I’ve been thinking of ways that we could make a contribution to the hospital for a while,” said Nick. “This suddenly came up in conversation and sounded just far fetched enough to be a good idea.
“We mentioned it to our friends and before we knew it we had a team. It feels great to be raising money for the hospital as I owe them a great deal.
“Knowing that the money we raise is going to such a worthy cause will spur us on even more.”
He said the event was even more a challenge as none of them had done any long distance cycling before.
“It’s something we’re new to and at the moment we’re only managing to fit in one training session a week on a Sunday of between three to four hours,” he added. “But as it gets nearer we’ll do more training as we build up speed and endurance.”
Jamie added: “Whilst we are no slouches, this is by no means something we would normally do as a group or as individuals.
“We are looking to do the bulk of our training across the coldest months of the year – but this is all part of the challenge to us.”
They are all being sponsored by Bannatyne’s gym in Brindleyplace.
For details of the men’s progress and training, and how to sponsor them, visit www.tower2tower.wordpress.com.