Only fools cycle 900 miles? Mick’s on a mission to support brain injury sufferers

Actor Sir David Jason is urging Aylesbury people to get behind a cyclist as he takes on a 900-mile ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Tuesday, 7th July 2015, 12:06 pm
Mick Simmonds

Businessman Mick Simmonds, 53, set off on July 3 on behalf of Headway, the brain injury charity which moved into Wedgewood Street in Fairford Leys last year.

He aims to raise £10,000 to help survivors of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) with his 10-day challenge.

And he now has the support of Sir David, who is one of his customers and has already pledged sponsorship money.

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The Only Fools and Horses and A Touch of Frost star said: “This is a wonderful cause and I do hope Mick will reach his target with help from the local community.

“Headway is a small local charity providing a vital service for people with brain injuries, and it would be fantastic if the public could really get behind it.”

Mick said: “I am delighted with the response from people to my cycle ride, and I am thrilled to have the backing of Sir David Jason.

“I only took up cycling three years ago as a way of getting exercise so people may think I am crazy to do this, especially since I have no back-up team or support vehicle.

“However, I was really keen to support a small locally-based charity that relies heavily on volunteers. Headway Aylesbury Vale fits the bill perfectly and I hope the community of Fairford Leys and beyond will back this by sponsoring me.”

Karen Styles, manager of Headway Aylesbury Vale, said: “Acquired Brain Injury, which can be caused by an illness, accident, injury or stroke, can literally happen to anyone. There are some 1,500 ABI survivors in the Aylesbury Vale alone and any funds raised will be of massive help to them.”

To sponsor Mick, go to or contact Karen Styles at Headway on 01296 415469.