Man rollerblades round trip from London to Brighton for Kenton charity

Kunal Patel and the team

Kunal Patel and the team - Credit: Archant

A skater has raise thousands of pounds for a Kenton charity by rollerblading from London to Brighton and back.

Kunal Patel skated from London to Brighton and back

Kunal Patel skated from London to Brighton and back - Credit: Archant

Kunal Patel took part in the challenging 114miles round trip in support of St Luke’s Hospice in Kenton Road, last week.

Gliding through narrow streets and dodging ‘unforgiving’ traffic, the kind-hearted volunteer raised £6,200 for the charity which cares and offers support to residents in Brent and Harrow suffering from terminal and incurable illnesses and their families.

The 27-year-old, from Harrow, said: “The first stretch was tougher than I expected as the roads weren’t so accommodating for my skates with paths that were half an arm distance in width. “On day one I ran seven miles as safety was a big concern, the traffic was not forgiving, becoming more dangerous towards late afternoon. The continuous battle with the roads tough surfaces and the up and down hills was fun but painful.

“I could not have done it without everyone’s support, friends, family, St Luke’s Hospice and my sponsors Lions Club of Sudbury whom have made huge efforts in helping raise funds.”

Kunal Patel, Sudbury Lion's Club and Robin Webb, chief executive of St Luke's Hospice

Kunal Patel, Sudbury Lion's Club and Robin Webb, chief executive of St Luke's Hospice - Credit: Archant


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Thanking his team mates Ricky Diaghe, Deborah Guisado, Andrew Contreras and Oliver Francis, he added: “I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart whom made this challenge possible.

“The team was by my side the entire journey through ups and down, twists and turns, death defying roads and painful moments!’”

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Mr Patel will continue to raise money for St Luke’s over the next month.

You can still support him by visiting bit.ly/1BzVU3G and for more information about fundraising for St Luke’s visit stlukes-hospice.org/myevent or call 020 8382 8023.

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