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Wembley man cycles across four countries in as many days for charity

15:41 29 September 2016

Anil Pindoria, left, with fellow cyclist Richard Burnham in Germany

Anil Pindoria, left, with fellow cyclist Richard Burnham in Germany

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A cyclist from Wembley has raised thousands of pounds for charity by peddling his way across four countries in as many days.

Anil Pindoria, right, with  Richard Burnham in WatfordAnil Pindoria, right, with Richard Burnham in Watford

Anil Pindoria, of Holland Road, took part in a 700km challenge that started in Germany and saw him cycle through Holland and France before he ended his gruelling task in Watford where he works as an assistant supply chain manager for DIY store Wickes.

Mr Pindoria, who took part in the challenge with Richard Burnham from Wickes’ supplier JW Ostendorf, raised more than £2,500 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

He said: “It was a great experience, but it was definitely tough in places, especially when we were cycling in such hot weather and feeling dehydrated. I don’t think I would have been able to carry on if Richard hadn’t been there with me!

“It was actually a relief to cycle in the rain when we reached the UK because the temperature dropped, and it was great to arrive back at Wickes and get a big welcome from all my colleagues.”

He added: “I first started cycling about five years ago, when I signed up for a fundraising event with Wickes riding from Tibet to Kathmandu. That was a change point for me, when I realised I could do a lot more than I thought I was capable of.

“Since then I’ve tried to do one big cycling event every year and it’s great when I can get other people involved.”

The challenge was one of a series of fundraising events organised by Wickes after they launched a charity partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK last August.

So far the company has raised £100,000 towards its £1million target in the next three years.

Kate Moss, corporate fundraising officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “This is a hugely impressive challenge, and we couldn’t be more grateful to Anil and Richard for battling such tough conditions in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“The money raised is enough to fund 125 hours of pioneering research, bringing new dementia treatments and preventions a step closer.”

Last December, Mr Pindoria won an award from charity Bloodwise for his fundraising missions.

To donate to his cause visit bit.ly/2cUClxp.

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