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Kevin takes to the saddle for Southend Hospital

25 July 2017


It is not the weekend’s dismal weather forecast which shop worker Kevin Perryer is worried about as he prepares for this year’s Prudential Ride100 event.

He is just hoping the ride goes more smoothly than his last long-distance practice run which was jinxed with a mileometer failure, jumping gears and then a puncture. By the end of the 12-hour marathon he was also soaking wet. This weekend, hopes Kevin, 56, can only go better.

Kevin, of Hilary Crescent, Rayleigh, has signed up for the popular cycling fixture on behalf of the Sainsbury convenience store in Eastwood Road, Rayleigh where he works as a customer service assistant and which has adopted the Southend stroke unit as its charity of the year.

He admits: "My bike usually just stays in the garage and comes out every so often."

However, he is committed to covering the 100-mile route, which starts at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and heads out to Surrey before finishing in The Mall, in just 7.5 hours.

He says: "I know I can do the distance. I have just got to keep focused and keep pedalling."

The Sainsbury store has already raised more than £2k for the hospital as part of its charity partnership and Kevin hopes his endeavours will boost that total still further. He is one of a number of supporters who will be riding for the hospital on Sunday.

If you would like a place in next year's event to support the hospital, contact the fundraising department on 01702 385337 or email fundraising@southend.nhs.uk