Never-Rest! Gary completes challenge and wins charity prize

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July 18, 2016 at 11:55

We recently wrote about Gary Chaplin’s remarkable (not to say gruelling!) charity bike ride, in which he attempted to cycle to the height of Mount Everest to raise money and awareness for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

This is an initiative that is very proud to support - and one of the prizes for sponsoring Gary £50 or more was two return flights from Manchester Airport to any one of our 48 destinations.

Well, we have fantastic news to share. Gary successfully completed his challenge – climbing 29,488ft in total. Even more incredible is the fact that between him and his team of 16, they completed over 72 loops of the infamous Cat’n’Fiddle climb on the day, which equates to an incredible 3.8 ascents of Mount Everest.

Not only has Gary smashed his challenge, but he has smashed his fundraising target of £5,000 too, raising over £8,500 to date. And if climbing to the height of Everest on a bike wasn’t enough, Gary has also just been crowned winner of the 2016 Many Hands Campaign – after successfully pitching his fundraising work to Theo Paphitis at an annual charity event.

This is a fantastic result for a fantastic cause, and we are absolutely thrilled for Gary and his team. Well done and very well deserved!