A World Cup party is being held in Harborough for England’s World Cup opener against Italy to help raise funds for a Harborough’s man strenuous four-day charity cycle ride from London to Paris.
Steve Longley is taking on the bike ride to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Starting in the capital on Wednesday, July 2, Steve will be cycling nearly 300 miles (480 kilometres) before reaching the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Saturday, July 5.
A charity evening is being held at Harborough Town Football Club’s Bowdens Park headquarters to boost Steve’s charity total. The World Cup Charity Party is taking place on Saturday, June 14, the night England opens up their World Cup campaign, against Italy, which will be shown on a big screen.
There will also be karaoke and a disco.
Tickets cost £6 and can be bought by calling 01858 439332.
With four days of intensive cycling ahead of him, Steve needs to be well prepared and has been training hard.
The 60-year-old said: “I will cover more than 480km in just four days and take on long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill-climbs.
“I am putting in some hard training in the run up to the event and I am confident that I will be ready in time.
“Please donate what you can to help me hit my fundraising goal. Macmillian is a great charity and will be deserved of all the funds raised by everyone that is taking part in the event.”
Steve works full-time at energy comparison company Business Energy Consultants based at the Compass Point business park in Harborough.
He has managed to balance this with a rigorous training schedule in preparation for the event and regularly cycles to and from work.
Every week has involved a 32-mile cycle ride of an evening and a 54-mile route at weekends.
In between all this and working, he has been squeezing in some spinning sessions every week.
To date, Steve has been training for nearly four months and he has also been learning French over the past nine years so this will come in handy when over in Paris.
The bike Steve will be using was given to him as a gift by his children on his 60th birthday in September last year.
He has raised more than £600 so far and hopes to reach the £3,000 mark.
To donate online visit the website www.justgiving.com/steve-longley.
Story by Alex Blackwell.