Half Bike Heroes raise £4,500 in memory of former colleague

A motoring enthusiast has traded his engine for pedals to raise more than £4,500 in memory of his former colleague and teammate.

James Godfrey, 38 from Telford, joined Paul Williams, 48 from Surrey, to cycle the 170 mile ‘Way of the Roses’ in just two days, in order to raise a grand total of £4585 for The Brain Tumour Charity after losing friend Chris Hoyle to a brain tumour last year.

Having raced karts together since the late 90s, the trio were prominent members of the Club 100 Endurance Championship and spent many years taking part in the highest level of ‘arrive-and-drive’ karting in Europe.

James said: “We supported each other, we were competitive but most importantly we had fun. As the remaining two-thirds of the team, Paul and I decided to take on ‘The Way of the Roses’ in Chris’s memory.

“Chris was a keen cyclist in his youth and we think he would have approved of the ride, although being a bit more sensible than us, he may not have joined in. We’re sure he would have supported us, even though he’d probably have thought we were nuts.”

The pair received generous donations from family and friends, as well as corporate sponsorship from organisations including Bareface Media, who created a website and logo for the challenge, and MWP Services Ltd, who donated £500 to the cause.

Kate Dalders, community fundraiser at The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “James and Paul have done a fantastic job of raising a monumental amount of money in Chris’s memory. The funds raised will go towards further research into brain tumours, and helping out families like Chris’s who need support throughout treatment of this devastating disease.”

As the leading brain tumour charity in the UK, The Brain Tumour Charity is dedicated to funding world class research and providing support and information to everyone affected. For more information about The Brain Tumour Charity, please visit www.thebraintumourcharity.org or call 0121 744 1444.


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