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One of the goals I set myself in my fiftieth year was to do something exertional for charity and, after some research, I have found a worthy activity I can do from a seated position!
I have joined a team that will be cycling 120km to raise money for two charities - The London Sports Trust and Juvenile Diabetes. When I say cycling, it will actually not involve moving from the roof terrace of the Clarksons building here in London since our instrument of torture will be a Watt Bike. Teams from many of our offices worldwide will all compete simultaneously linked by video screen; so my initial expectations of a care-free pedal may well have to go out of the window as the competitive spirit kicks in.
I have been particularly struck by the work of the London Sports Trust. The help they provide young people from underprivileged backgrounds in London to find their path through sport is humbling and increasingly essential. Beyond sport, they deliver a "skills for life" programme to disadvantaged 16-19 years olds covering topics from communication and cooking to DIY.
We are also supporting Juvenile Diabetes JDRF which is one of the selected charities of the Lord Mayor of London, Jeffrey Evans - a Clarkson colleague of mine for many years. JDRF is the world's leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research' funding research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.
I know that you receive many requests for sponsorship but I would be very grateful of your support and know that your money will go to very worthy causes.
The link below will take you to our JustGiving page.