FE Week to cycle with Birmingham principal and ‘Blind Dave’

FE Week will be cycling hard next Tuesday in order to welcome back South Birmingham College Principal Mike Hopkins and local blind man Dave Heeley as they complete the Birmingham leg of their charity challenge.

We’ll interview the pair and travel alongside them in order to create exclusive video reports on their progress.

As reported by FE Week, Mike and Dave are currently riding tandem as part of a gruelling 10 day charity bike ride, completing a total of 1,000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

South Birmingham College Principal Mike Hopkins said during a pitstop today: “The challenge is going well so far, we’ve covered a third of the distance already.

“The weather has been typical of a great british summer and it has rained for two days solid, which is making it a bit more difficult. However the support we get along the way from people who have heard what we are doing really helps us along.”

‘Blind Dave’ is hoping to raise £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by completing a marathon each morning before continuing on the tandem bicycle with Mike.

Mike Hopkins added: “Dave is doing fantastically well, although his legs are a bit sore from yesterday. Today has been tough and the hills yesterday have taken their toll, but he is very determined and just keeps going.

Six members of the college staff will be running the Birmingham marathon-leg along side the cyclists and have been individually raising money to help Dave reach his goal.

The Challenge is taking place between 10-19 August and you can follow Mike and Dave’s progress via these links:





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