Son and friend to take on 1,000 mile cycling challenge in memory of his mum

PUBLISHED: 14:20 24 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:20 24 May 2016

L-R Tom Major (L) and Darren Baker (R), with Rebecca Keen, Operations Manager at BHS Bexleyheath
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L-R Tom Major (L) and Darren Baker (R), with Rebecca Keen, Operations Manager at BHS Bexleyheath . Picture by:

The pair will be cycling from London to Monte Carlo

Two friends from Welling and Dartford will be taking on a 1,000 mile trip across the channel to raise money for one of their mums, who died of pancreatic cancer.

Darren Baker from Welling and Tom Major, are preparing to raise more than £5,000 for charity, after Mr Baker’s mum died aged 54.

The 27-year-olds will be scaling the Alps on their journey from London to Monte Carlo.

To get their fundraising underway, Darren and Tom raised £750 as they cycled on exercise bikes for more than eight hours, at the BHS store in Bexleyheath’s Broadway Shopping Centre, where Mr Baker’s mother worked for 17 years.

The plumber, of Gloucester Avenue said: “Mum would have burst out laughing if she could have seen us pedalling away.

“She would have told us outright that we were crazy to even think we could do something like this.

“But I know once she realised we were serious she would have got right behind us and been very proud.”

Now the two friends, who met at Cleeve Park School, will be raising the money for Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice, which looked after Mrs Baker before she died.

Jane Borrett, fundraising co-ordinator for Greenwich and Bexley Community hospice which is the Broadway Shopping Centre’s official charity, said: “Darren and Tom have set themselves an impressive challenge – to cycle 1,000 miles in 10 days.

“What makes it even more impressive is that they’ll be doing it without any support vehicles or back-up, just the two of them cycling together and supporting each other.”

Friend Tom Major of Baker Crescent, Dartford said: “We aim to finish outside the famous Monte Carlo casino and before that we also hope to do a circuit round the streets, following the route of the Monte Carlo Formula One Grand Prix. Neither of us have been to Monaco before so it will be a real treat for us after such a long ride. We’re hoping that last day will be the easiest, as by then most of the big climbs should be behind us and we will be following the coast road.”

Tom added: “It seemed quite fun to start off at an airport but not actually get on any plane. The only thing we’ll be boarding is our bikes, and then it’s onto the road and off we go.”

The friends will be setting off on July 19.

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