David Henckel is riding off for kids

IN THE SADDLE: David Henckel
IN THE SADDLE: David Henckel
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​​An artist is brushing up on his cycling skills with a mammoth charity bike ride.

David Henckel, the University of Central Lancashire’s artist in residence, is aiming to raise up to £1,000 by ​cycling 175 miles from London to Paris in 24 hours​ for the charity Over The Wall.

David Henckel, charity bike ride. Chips to keep going.

David Henckel, charity bike ride. Chips to keep going.

David said: “I’ve never done anything like this for charity before. In fact the last time I raised any money, aside from dropping spare change into a box at the local shop after buying cat fo​​od, was probably when I was 10.

“I’m an artist living in Manchester. I used to be a cycle courier in London and would regularly cycle 60 to 100 miles a day. So I thought cycling for charity would be a great way of giving something back. However, this is going to be some challenge.”

David has been training in and aroun​​d his home but knows that the actual ride, on August 31, will be a major task.

Over The Wall is a charity which provide free camps and activities for children with life limiting illnesses and their families, helping them reach beyond the perceived limitations of illness to rediscover a whole new world of po​​sibilities. These camps make a huge difference to the self-esteem and confidence of a child with serious illness, helping them to realise that they are not alone in dealing with the challenges that they face. He has set up his own web page at www.​virginmoneyliving.com

David Henckel, charity bike ride. Peak district scenery

David Henckel, charity bike ride. Peak district scenery

David said in his blog: “I’m on a rigorous training program and will need all the encouragement I can get in the form of generous donations to this incredible charity which provides free, life-changing camps for children with serious and life limiting illness, their siblings and families. ​

“As an added bonus on top of being a total hero by donating to this cause I’ll be giving away some of my outstanding artwork to anyone who donates £50 or more.”

Currently appointed as artist in residence within the Public Engagement Unit at UCLan. David is a contemporary audio-visual artist, experienced in leading public art projects, which involve multiple partners. Said David: “To say I am unprepared for what lies ahead would be something of an understatement.

“However the thought of arriving in Paris and finishing on the Champs Elysses having raised money for a wonderful charity is giving me the inspiration to push myself beyond my limits – your kind donations are the only added incentive I need.’’