David Byrne, Site Supervisor at Cordant Security, is taking part in a charity cycle challenge begining on 26th November. It sees him traverse over 400km of terrain from Angkor Wat, Cambodia to Bangkok, Thailand. He needs your help to hit his target for the Marie Curie foundation, a charity that looks after people with terminal illnesses and their families.
You can donate to Dave’s Just Giving page here:
A message from Dave below:
“I’ve been employed by Cordant Security since 2000, working in a variety of roles from static Officer to security manager on sites ranging from warehouses, fulfilment centres, banks and shopping centres. Currently working at Shop Direct’s Shaw Fulfilment Centre in Oldham where we provide manned guarding and control room operators. I have in the past raised money for Marie Curie by taking part in a zip wire event from Imperial War Museum North, across the Manchester Ship Canal.
"I decided to challenge myself to do something that was outside my comfort zone, with a need to get fit and an urge to travel I looked into a number of activities and challenges, finally settling on a bike ride from Siem Reap in Cambodia to Bangkok, Thailand. So with encouragement from friends and family I booked onto the challenge – this was the easy part!
"Having never ridden much further than ‘popping to the shops’ and not taken part in any serious physical activity for a few years I began my training. Day one involved a near miss with the local canal and a grazed arm, not a great start but a start. Living in a valley in the Pennines, all roads appear to be uphill, so fitness levels were tested from the beginning. Completing a climb that formed part of the Tour de France (in Yorkshire) gave a lot of satisfaction, climbing nearly 1000ft over 5.5miles, the sense of achievement was fantastic, once I’d caught my breath.
"With support and encouragement from friends and family I am now about to embark on one of the biggest challenges of my life – leaving the comfort of home and family to fly to South East Asia to cycle 400kms in heat and humidity with people I’ve never met in countries I’ve never visited.
"One of the motivators for training and completing the challenge is to raise funds for Marie Curie, to help them continue their invaluable work they do caring for people with terminal illness and their families. They really do a fantastic job helping carers and caring for people at the end of their life. Along with this they also carry out research, run hospices along with nursing, truly a worthy cause in my eyes.
"The trip and challenge has been self funded to ensure that all the money raised goes to Marie Curie"
We look forward to updating you on Dave's journey once he's back. Good luck Dave from everyone at Cordant.