Two towers by pedal power

Ben Spriggs and Shaun Gill are cycling from Paris to Blackpool to raise money for Brian House.  Ben's son Malachy uses the facilities at the hospice.
Ben Spriggs and Shaun Gill are cycling from Paris to Blackpool to raise money for Brian House. Ben's son Malachy uses the facilities at the hospice.
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Words are not enough for Ben Spriggs to say thank you to staff at Brian House for all the help they give his son, Malachy.

So instead he’s embarking on the massive challenge of 
cycling from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Blackpool Tower to raise money for the children’s hospice.

Malachy, two, regularly attends Brian House, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, for a complex condition, and raising money is his family’s way of giving something back.

Together with his pal Shaun Gill, he will set off from his Wesham home on August 10 and hopes to reach Blackpool Tower seven days later.

And if that wasn’t enough, the duo will then cycle on to Brian House.

Ben, 25, said: “Our main reason for doing this is to help Brian House get new 
equipment.

“It’s all about giving poorly children like Malachy a better quality of life.”

Ben and Shaun’s efforts are on the back of a massive Gazette campaign – Hospice Heroes – to raise £200,000 for the complete refurbishment of Trinity Hospice and Brian House.

The current total stands at £236,285.

Ben added: “We just want to carry on bringing money into Brian House following on from Hospice Heroes.

“The hospice is still desperate for money and I know how much specialist equipment costs.

“Brian House doesn’t just support Malachy, it supports our whole family – we have whatever we need when we’re there and I just want to help them in any way I can.”

Ben said he was going to do the 600-mile trek on his own, but he has called on the support of Shaun who is a keen cyclist.

“I figured I was better going with someone who knows what they’re doing,” he said.

The pair want to raise as much money as possible, but are looking for sponsorship to help fund their trip, which will see them arrive in Paris by the Eurostar before cycling to Amiens and Calais.

They will catch a ferry to Dover and cycle to London on to Milton Keynes, to 
Birmingham, Manchester and Brian House via Blackpool Tower. Ben said: “We need up to £2,000 for travel, equipment and clothing.”

To support the duo, or for more information, email Ben and Shaun at benandshaunsjourney@yahoo.co.uk.

To donate money to Brian House through the Tower to Tower challenge visit www.justgiving.com/Benandshaunsjorney.