400 miles in the saddle is no problem for Simon

Simon Tier
Simon Tier
From left: PO Adam Hilton,  Father Christmas, Captain Peter Towell, CPO Chris 'Paddy' Gilkes and Malcolm Dent

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CHAMPION fundraiser Simon Tier successfully completed a challenge to cycle 400 miles in just four days.

The 47-year-old held the epic ride to raise money for charity Brain Tumour Research after his friend Alan Neilson was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011.

Alan, from Portsmouth, beat the odds and is still 
alive.

So Simon set about raising as much money and awareness as he can for the charity Brian Tumour Research, as he saw first-hand how its therapies helped his friend.

Simon, of Fareham Park Road, Fareham, set off on his journey from the charity’s headquarters in Buckinghamshire and visited each of the charity’s four research centres – two in London, one in Portsmouth and one in Plymouth.

He dubbed the event the Tour de Labs and rode with fellow cyclist and friend Carol Robertson, who is head of community fundraising for Brain Tumour Research.

For this ride, Simon added £1,000 to his overall total of £19,600, which he has raised from a variety of events over three years.

Simon, a project manager for Airbus Defence and Space, said: ‘I’m pleased and a bit relieved to have finished.

‘The Devon hills were particularly tough, coming as they did on the fourth consecutive day we spent in the saddle.

‘We had a range of weather conditions including snow, but thankfully some sunshine too.

‘It was great that we finished the event and that funds are still coming in.’

Ever since his friend’s diagnosis, Simon has been on a fundraising mission for the charity and he was named among the top one per cent of fundraisers on the online platform JustGiving last year. According to the charity, brain tumours receive just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research, despite deaths being on the rise.

Simon is already planning his next fundraising event, which will involve him having his legs waxed in May.

He is looking for a venue for the night, at which he hopes to put on live music, raffles and entertainment in aid of the cause.

To get in touch follow Simon on Twitter 
@SimonMTier or e-mail tier.family@ntlworld.com

To make a donation to the charity. go to justgiving.com/Simon-Tier.