Tom’s epic ride from London to Tokyo - four months in

On 11 August 2017, Tom Howard set off on an epic challenge to cycle from London to Tokyo to raise money and awareness for CLIC Sargent.

Tom’s epic ride from London to Tokyo - four months in

Tom decided to support CLIC Sargent after witnessing first-hand the help and support the charity gives to families at a time they need it most.

He said:

“Choosing CLIC Sargent as a charity to fundraise for was a no-brainer for me because of the outstanding support they provided to my brother Harry after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November 2011."

"Whether it was the emotional and financial support they provided immediately after his diagnosis, or the numerous opportunities they gave him to meet people and participate in the work of the charity, Harry and our family benefitted enormously, and so I want to give something back.” 

If you would like to donate to Tom visit his official fundraising page.

Taking in the sightsTom is invited for coffee and biscuits by kind stranger in Russia

At a total distance of around 9,000 miles, Tom was anticipating a journey time of around six months, arriving in Tokyo in February 2018.

Having cycled through Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Russia, Tom is currently in Kazakhstan and has already covered approximately 3,800 miles in this leg-testing cycle ride.

Tom has since decided to take his time on the second half of his journey so that he can really enjoy this once in a lifetime experience and absorb the scenery and other delights on offer.

He is now planning to arrive in Tokyo in late spring, ensuring he is able to take in as much as he can throughout the final stages.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager Alex Drury said: “We can’t thank Tom enough for choosing to fundraise for CLIC Sargent through his truly amazing challenge he has set for himself.

"Every exhausting mile and the vital money he raises will make sure CLIC Sargent can fight for other families like his in the future from the point of diagnosis.”

Kindness of strangers

One thing that has been evident throughout every part of Tom’s journey is the kindness shown to him by others when they learn about his challenge.

From fixing his bike free of charge, to giving him a warm meal or a bed for the night, Tom has met some wonderful and generous people, all of whom get a special mention (and usually a selfie) on his blog.

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own challenge for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Alex Dury on 07557 499 040 or email: alex.drury@clicsargent.org.uk

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