Josh tackling 5,000-mile coastal cycle challenge to support Hope for Hasti cause
Bridlington, Flamborough and Hornsea residents may witness a young cyclist pulling an unusual barrel-shaped trailer today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday, April 22 and 23).
Josh Garman, 22, is towing a yellow, home-made bicycle camper behind him which he will sleep in as he tackles a five-month, 5,000 mile solo cycle ride for charity.
He set off from Berwick-upon-Tweed on Saturday (April 15) on the epic challenge in an attempt to change the life of Hasti, a little girl living with a rare genetic condition called CdLS. He will finish the first section in Manwan Smith in Cornwall on Sunday, May 30.
Josh has a £50,000 fundraising target and has already passed the £8,000 mark thanks to donations from 449 supporters.
He said:“After completing an earlier challenge in September taking my mountain bike 600 miles across the country with ET as my sidekick I was able to give funds to Hope for Hasti.
“Coming to the end of my challenge I had witnessed overwhelming kindness from people all across Britain.
“Although my journey had come to an end, for Hengameh and Chris (Hasti’s mum and dad) the fight was nowhere near over. “I will be cycling 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain – a journey the equivalent of London to Calcutta, climbing 232,000 feet which is the equivalent of eight times the height of Everest.
“The journey could take up to five months but I had to find a way for me to get noticed all the way round.
“Over lockdown my dad and I have built a bicycle camper out of wood, some old bike wheels and sheets of corex.
“I will attempt to tow it along with me the entire way sleeping in it as I go.
“It’s going to make the hills 10 times harder and the challenge a lot tougher but if you saw a bloke towing a bright yellow tube behind him for charity could you look the other way?
“A donation of any amount will make a huge difference!”
Visit www.justgiving.com/coast5000 to donate on Josh’s JustGiving page.