Top Gun sets his sight on charity challenge

The champion of the ‘Top Gun Challenge’, hosted by Edgetech UK, is taking on the London to Paris bike ride to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, in memory of his daughter, Lacey-Mae.

Graham Carley, production manager at Double R Glass & Roofing Systems, finished on the top spot at Edgetech’s Top Gun Challenge last year, making him the fastest Super Spacer applicator in the UK.

He’ll be needing that speed when he rides the 300 miles from London to Paris, in just four days, this July. Graham hopes to raise £1,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where his daughter Lacey-Mae was cared for during the two weeks of her life.

“The care she received from GOSH was truly brilliant,” said Graham. “We owe so much to the nurses and doctors there.

“This is why I am getting on a bike and taking on the London to Paris bike ride. I have not ridden a bike for about 10 years but I have so much motivation to finish the challenge as I believe my daughter would have wanted me to do it.”

The route will allow the charity cyclists to take in some of Northern France’s most significant World War battle sites, following the Normandy coastline and cycling through the best of the French countryside, before the final stretch down the Champs-Elysees to the finish line beneath the Eiffel Tower. The cyclists will also have the chance to see the final stage of the Tour de France on their last day in Paris.

To find out more about Graham’s challenge and to donate go to www.justgiving.com/Graham-carley2015L2P/

To see Graham’s winning Top Gun performance go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlkYbgdOm6I