Pedalling to Paris to prove child's play for Yorkshire estate agent

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A Yorkshire estate agent is hoping to prove the “wheel deal” by cycling to France in a bid to raise money for children facing long spells in hospital. Mark Christopher, Sales Director of Linley & Simpson, is peddling all 300 miles from London to Paris in just four days in aid of the Bradford Hospitals’ Children’s Charity.

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A Yorkshire estate agent is hoping to prove the “wheel deal” by cycling to France in a bid to raise money for children facing long spells in hospital.

Mark Christopher, Sales Director of Linley & Simpson, is peddling all 300 miles from London to Paris in just four days in aid of the Bradford Hospitals’ Children’s Charity.

Having taken up cycling only recently, the ride – which starts on Wednesday June 22 - is the biggest physical challenge that 54-year-old Mark has ever set himself.

He said: “Now I have got into the swing of cycling, I thought I would go all out while helping a worthy cause at the same time. As well as the physical challenge, I have also set a financial challenge too – I am aiming to raise £2,000 for this great cause.

“I am not sure if I am short of a few grey cells or have taken too many knocks to the head playing rugby in my early years, but I am determined to do it.”

Mark, who lives in Harrogate, chose the charity as his family has helped to mind and home care children, including those with learning difficulties, for many years.

The ride is a far cry from his role heading up the residential sales division at Linley & Simpson, where he covers a very different route touring its network of 11 branches in North and West Yorkshire, including Harrogate, Ripon, Wetherby, York, Saltaire, Ilkley, Wakefield and four in Leeds.

Bradford Hospitals’ Children’s Charity is a dedicated trust fund helping to improve the experience of babies, children and their families at both Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital.

• To find out more about ride and to help spur him on by sponsoring him, you can visit his special fund-raising page here: www.justgiving.com/mark-christopher2


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