Matt and Andy both take care of nearly 200 customers in the Southern Region of the UK. Matt Shemming has been working for ROBUS for over a decade whilst Andy Canham joined the team 6 years ago. Although Matt and Andy are extremely passionate about cycling, doing it from London to Paris is no easy feat. However, they know cycling this distance is easy compared to what teenage cancer sufferers go through every day.
Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer’ and Teenage Cancer Trust is the only charity dedicated to making this happen. They know that having cancer at a young age comes with its own particular set of challenges and their services put the needs of young people first and allow them to face those challenges together.
Both Matt and Andy are fathers and they have chosen this Charity because, as dads, they empathise with the teenagers and family’s that are in this situation. They aim to raise a minimum of £3,300 between them for this worthwhile cause.
The Teenage Cancer Trust London to Paris Cycle 2018 starts on the 25th of July and will finish on the 29th of July. This means the lads will be cycling 300 miles in just 4 days!
The route will begin at the Crystal Palace in Southeast London taking them to the finish line at the Eiffel Tower in the heart of Paris. Matt and Andy will be accompanied by 40 cyclists with the same goal of getting from London to Paris in 4 days.
Day 1: London to Calais 95 miles (approx.)
The challenge will begin bright and early from Crystal Palace heading south on route to the coast. The route winds through the stunning Kent countryside before reaching the famous white cliffs of Dover. From there they will catch the ferry to Calais for their first overnight stop.
Day 2: Calais to Abbeville - 75 miles (approx.)
A picturesque countryside awaits them in Northern France as they travel South from Calais to Desvre, a small market town known for its ceramics. From there they will follow river valleys before finally arriving in Abbeville.
Day 3: Abbeville to Beauvais – 70 miles (approx.)
The morning route will follow the river Somme out of Abbeville. The Somme is perhaps most famous for its battles, but it is also a Celtic word for ‘tranquillity’, summing up the feeling of the day as they cycle through this serene region. They will finish the day in Beauvais where the market square is a true highlight of several of the buildings dating from the 12th to 16th centuries.
Day 4: Beauvais to Paris – 60 miles (approx.)
The final day of cycling pushing on to Paris, Matt and Andy will still be treated to some stunning countryside views to get them over the final hurdle all the way up to the lunch stop at the River Seine. After lunch, they will follow the river down through the suburbs until they reach the Bois de Boulogne, the largest park in Paris. From there it’s a short ride along the wide boulevards of Paris before reaching the finishing point at the Eiffel Tower!
I think you’ll agree a cycle like this shows a serious commitment to the cause so please join us by donating what you can to help the lads reach their target. Visit their Just Giving page for more information or to donate https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andymattrobus17