Cycle marathon to help orphanages in India

John Cooper, from Aylesbury, cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats.
John Cooper, from Aylesbury, cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats.

An Aylesbury man is pedalling from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for a charity that helps orphanages in India.

John Cooper starts his challenging journey on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25, and will be covering between 80 and 100 miles each day for 12 days, with one day’s rest on Saturday.

John Cooper, right, from Aylesbury, with Kish Poddar on the STOP cycle ride in 2013.

John Cooper, right, from Aylesbury, with Kish Poddar on the STOP cycle ride in 2013.

He will be raising funds for Garston-based STOP International, a charity that provides financial and material aid to orphanages in Tamil-Nadu state in India.

One of two members of Stanborough Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Watford, John is one of the twelve STOP International trustees and accompanied the charity’s founder, Kish Poddar, on his first London-Paris ride in 2013.

John said: “I am cycling alone but will have the support of my wife, Lorraine, who will drive the route by car.”

He has been training up to 200-plus miles per week for the past few months.

STOP founder Kish Poddar, a science teacher, will be undertaking his third London-Paris cycle ride with a group of friends over half term.

John is also planning to help Stanborough Park Church’s Community Chaplaincy Service in Watford - demonstrating Christian charity by meeting the needs of the local Garston community in whatever form is necessary.

Anyone wishing to sponsor the riders can contact STOP International founder Kish Poddar on kishpoddar@onetel.com or through the charity’s web at www.stop-intl.org.uk/site