Padiham dad joins Team Dribble in charity bike trek to Brussels

Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson

FROM bow ties to bicycles –a Padiham dad is pulling out all the stops to raise cash for a worthy cause. Gareth Johnson is taking part in a sponsored bike ride across three cities and is also organising a black tie ball to raise thousands of pounds for Action Medical Research for Children, a UK-based medical research charity helping babies and children.

A manufacturing technician, Gareth, of St John’s Road, hopes to get as much sponsorship as possible for the bike ride, when he will cycle from London to Amsterdam and Brussels at the end of August.

He said: “There is a team of 13 of us taking part and we are known as Team Dribble. We are hoping to hit the £14,000 target.’’ One of Gareth’s fellow cyclists is his dad, Brian Johnson, of Chatburn, who has just started cycling at the age of 62!

It is the second sponsored bike ride in which Gareth has taken part for the charity. Last year he cycled from London to Paris, raising £1,500. He also held a fun day in Simonstone.

Gareth is organising the charity ball with his wife, Louise, an insurance assessor for charity Age UK. Before that she ran the post office at Read and Fence Village store. The event will be held on Friday, September 9th, at the Fence Gate Inn.

Gareth, who has two children, Thomas (20) and Mollie (12), said: “I wanted to help that charity because of the marvellous work it does for children and that is something close to a lot of people’s hearts.’’

The bike ride starts on August 31st and Gareth is hoping to complete the trek in three days. Tickets for the ball are £35 a head, including a red carpet entrance with a glass of fizz, a three-course dinner with coffee, music, dancing and a raffle. Anyone who would like to sponsor Gareth or buy tickets for the ball is asked to contact him on 07886938510 or email him at garethjjohnson@hotmail.co.uk.