Bulb Interiors’ Andrew Squires expects to complete a month-long, 6,000km charity cycle ride from his home in Basingstoke on Thursday.

Mr Squires, project director for the fit out and design business which has offices in Reading and Oxford, has been on furlough leave since April 1 and has spent every day since then cycling 200km on his spin bike in aid of the Care Workers’ Charity.

Each morning at 8am he starts his cycle, finishing at around 2.30pm. He didn’t even take a break for his 54th birthday on Good Friday. Gifts of pairs of shorts have been well-received and Vaseline and Sudocrem have come to the rescue too.

Problems with his right knee over a number of years, resulting in six operations, had led to Mr Squires deciding he had to take responsibility for the problem and he says the cycling helps ease pressure on the joints.

Now though, after almost 27 days and more than 5,350km, he admits ‘everything hurts’. Updates are available on his LinkedIn page where contacts have been offering support. Members of his family have taken his efforts in their stride.

Mr Squires told Thames Tap: “My daughters aren’t surprised, they know how stupid I am. My other half, Michelle, just thinks I’m a bloody-minded idiot.”  

By 10am on Monday, April 27, Mr Squires’ Just Giving page had reached £1,380. His target is £1,500.

Visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-squires5

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