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Pedalling to Paris to prove child’s play for Yorkshire estate agent

A Yorkshire estate agent is hoping to prove the “wheel deal” by cycling to France in a bid to raise money for children facing long spells in hospital.

, sales director of Linley & Simpson, is peddling all 300 miles from London to Paris in just four days in aid of the Hospitals’ Children’s .

Having taken up cycling only recently, the ride – which starts on Wednesday June 22 – is the biggest physical challenge that 54-year-old Mark has ever set himself.

He said: “Now I have got into the swing of cycling, I thought I would go all out while helping a worthy cause at the same time. As well as the physical challenge, I have also set a challenge too – I am aiming to raise £2,000 for this great cause.

“I am not sure if I am short of a few grey cells or have taken too many knocks to the head playing rugby in my early years, but I am determined to do .”

Mark, who lives in , chose the charity as his family has helped to mind and home care children, including those with learning difficulties, for many years.

The ride is a far cry from his role heading up the residential sales division at Linley & Simpson, where he covers a very different route touring its network of 11 branches in North and , including Harrogate, Ripon, Wetherby, York, Saltaire, Ilkley, Wakefield and four in .

Bradford Hospitals’ Children’s Charity is a dedicated trust fund helping to improve the experience of babies, children and their families at both Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital.

  • To find out more about ride and to help spur him on by sponsoring him, you can visit his special fund-raising page here:
Mark Christopher, sales director of Linley & Simpson


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