Gladders on a Bike

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Who is Gladders?  

Gladders, Simon Chatterton, is a big Rugby fan and a friend to ExPD.

How does Gladders describe his adventure?

I am about to set off on an adventure which will take me from the end of the world to the CaribbeanUshuaia in Argentina to Cartagena in Colombia. After a lifetime in the International Insurance business I have decided to get on a bike and cycle the length of the Andes.

Why?

Apart from being a personal challenge I intend to raise money for my name’5 doddie; a Motor Neurone Disease charity set up by Doddie Weir, a former Scots Rugby international suffering from this awful disease. This is one close to the late Deany’s heart.

Donate to My Name’5 Doddie Foundation

When?

I have been considering doing something out of the ordinary for a while and the recent passing of a great individual has persuaded me that the time is right and so, on the 14th October, 2019 I will start my odyssey by flying to Buenos Aires and, after a couple of days there, onto Ushuaia. The start of my Km 10, 000+ adventure.

How long will the adventure take ?

The journey has no particular timescale as I am as yet not sure of how much distance is feasible each day. The rough estimate is a minimum of 6 months.

Many thanks to those who have given their support in different ways.

To my brother and his family; wife Louise and nephews Joe and Mikey as well as my mother Philippa.

To the Rugby Refugees- Mike (Slamma) and Adrian (Agga) in particular.

To Colin at onlinebikes.com in Buckhurst Hill. The source of much valuable information and if anyone needs a bike then I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Why ExPD is involved?

Our Managing Director, Adrian Harris, says: “it’s with great pride that I am able to offer our support to ‘Gladders’, Simon Chatterton, for his epic journey. Whilst a personal challenge, Simon is also using this adventure to raise awareness of two great charities.

“I have a further personal reason for supporting Gladders, we shared a great friend who lost his life to MND last year, at the age of 54 – our friend (my ‘go to’ best mate) left a massive hole in many people’s lives, not least his dear wife and their two beautiful children. Deany (on the left picture), our friend, was a great outdoorsman and would have heartily approved of Gladders’ Andean odyssey.  MND is such a cruel disease and those who are affected by it need support.”

 

Thank you for taking the time to read about this trip and don’t forget to follow Gladders adventures, and if you ever feel you want to help, please donate to one of Simon’s chosen charities