We’re always happy to get behind our investors when they’re getting stuck into a good cause, and we’re especially delighted to support one of our original investors’, Robert Steele, in his charity cycle which he is undertaking to raise funds for SCOPE.

We’re even more impressed by the distance he is going to be cycling!We asked Bob to tell us all about his mammoth undertaking, and we hope some of you will join us in sponsoring him.

I moved to Walsall in 2012 after starting a job as a maths teacher at the nearby South Staffordshire College. I thought that taking up cycling would be a good way to get fit again, get to know my new surroundings and to meet some new people. Two things then happened: I got the cycling bug and I saw first-hand the great work that the college did in providing educational and developmental opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities. I saw the chance to combine my new-found interest in cycling with raising much-needed funds for a charity that in its own words is about “changing society for the better, so that disabled people and their families can have the same opportunities as everyone else.” This is what lead me to choose the charity, SCOPE.

The aim is to ride the 285 miles from London to Paris in under 24 hours. We depart London at midday on Saturday 6th July and cycle the 90 miles to Dover where we will board the ferry to Calais. When we disembark, we put on our lights and our hi-vis gear and cycle through the night and hopefully arrive in Paris by midday UK time on the Sunday. This is a tough physical challenge and I am training hard to maximise my chances of succeeding. Once the end of March snow lifts, I expect to get back to riding 100-150 miles per week.

I wanted to do something big to mark my 50th year and I think that to go from no bike to London-Paris in 24 hours counts as something big. I am grateful for all the support I can get and if anyone reading would like to pledge their financial support, you can contribute online via my fundraising page at http://www.justgiving.com/teacherbob   Thanks to the team at The House Crowd who have agreed to sponsor me and thanks also to everyone else who decides that they would like to support the good work that SCOPE does.

Robert Steele (also known as Teacher Bob)