My name is Neil Thomas and I am the Director of Housing at H+H UK Ltd. H+H produce Aircrete, a lightweight building block, mainly used to build houses. One of my house-building customers, Miller Homes, approached Calum Forsyth our Managing Director, to ask if he would support a forthcoming charity event they are planning. Calum said he would, and I was asked if I would like to take part.
The purpose of the trip is to help ‘Habitat for Humanity’ provide housing for some of the most vulnerable people in the communities where they operate. The trip to Malawi that I’m participating in, will result in the construction of 3 or possibly 4 homes.
As part of the commitment to going to Malawi in support of Miller and Habitat for Humanity, we are asked to take part in a personal fundraising activity, with the objective of raising £1,000. During one of my weekly bike rides, I thought that cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End would be a fantastic way to do this.
The ride is approximately 1,000 miles from top to bottom. I will be starting on 19th May, completing the ride on 1st June when I arrive at Land’s End. The ride will be quite a personal challenge for me as prior to this event, the longest distance I had ridden in a day was 50 miles - the average daily distance I must now cover is 71 miles, to complete the challenge by 1st June. The trip is also unsupported, which means that I will be travelling on my own and will carry all the items I need for the trip on the bike. I did however decide to stay in B&B’s and hotels along the route.
I think that there is a fantastic fit between what the company I work for does and the charity I am supporting. As explained above, aircrete blocks are used to build homes and Habitat for Humanity, with Miller Homes, want to provide homes for some of the most vulnerable families in Malawi.
Any donation that you can give, no matter how small, will be very gratefully received. All monies donated will be going directly to the charity as I am personally funding the cycle ride.