Managing Director of Hoburne Holiday Parks, James Lapage, is cycling hundreds of miles to help children with cancer travelling long distances for treatment.
James will be cycling 350 miles between all seven Hoburne Parks from Hoburne Doublebois in Cornwall to Hoburne Park in Christchurch to help mark the company’s centenary.
He and his sister, Sue Marchant, who lives in Newbury and will be accompanying him on the ride, aim to cross the finishing line on Monday May 7 – 100 years to the day that the Hoburne story began. The current Chairman’s great-grandfather John Burry bought ‘Hubborn Farm’ at auction on May 7 1912 and this is where Hoburne Park stands today.
“I want to raise at least £5,000 and I have got £3,700 so far, which is fantastic. It’s a great driving force when I am cycling in the cold or the rain wondering what on earth I am doing,” James said.
“I have never done anything like this before. The first time I got on a bicycle for more than 30 years was on holiday in November 2010. I got my own bike last summer and have been training hard this year, but May is still coming round really fast.”
The longest distance he will cycle in any one day will be 80 miles from Hoburne Cotswold to Hoburne Bashley in the New Forest.
As part of its 100th birthday celebrations, Hoburne has pledged to raise £100,000 for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Images show: Managing Director of Hoburne Holiday Parks James Lapage