Hitting the road to bring a silver lining

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Kevin riding his bike. Pic © Kevin Fairbrother

A Merseyside man is undertaking a cycling and running expedition across three counties to raise money for a local charity.

Donations for the trip will go to CLOUD, which stands for ‘Changing Lives On Ur Doorstep’ and helps people in the community who are most at need.

The fundraiser on February 19th will see Kevin Fairbrother cycle 18.5 miles from four work offices starting from the Knowsley to Widnes, onto St Helens, up to Newton Le Willows, then running the last 12.5 miles on the way back.

Kevin, who is a manager at Britannia Taxis, told JMU Journalism: “I have been training for the event but I’m quite fit anyway, I kick-box and play football but I haven’t been playing as much because I didn’t want to get injured.

“Cycling isn’t an issue I did 100 miles last year to raise money for charity so the 18 and a half miles should be a breeze.”

The CLOUD charity was founded by his work colleague, Mark Smith, and has a Facebook page with over 18,000 members which allows people to donate items they no longer need to those who have suffered from domestic violence, or have recently moved to the area and will benefit from extra help.

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The 34-year-old from Netherton has raised thousands for different charities over the years and hopes to do the same with his latest challenge. Mr Fairbrother said: “It’s a giving charity. Although we’ve got a little one on the way we’ve just given away all my little boys clothes that we know the new baby won’t use. We have given three bags away and we know that there going to go to somebody in need – every little bit counts.”

With just under two weeks until the event, Kevin says he will really push his funding page to get as many donations as possible. He added: “I’ve probably aimed a bit too high at £1,500 but I raised £1,200 last year for a girl I went to school with so hopefully I can get quite a bit this time.”

Donations can be made to help Kevin reach his target online here.

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