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18th January 2018

Housebuilder helps tandem cyclists gear up for fundraising events

A blind cyclist is gearing up for his biggest charity endurance challenge yet, thanks to support from Chestnut Homes.


Mark Dickinson, from Boston, is registered blind and takes part in various events across Europe on a custom-made tandem with his work colleague Graeme Chilvers.


Both raise money for different charities, including Cancer Research UK, Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Outward Bound Trust.


In 2018, the pair are aiming to raise funds by taking part in three major cycle rides – a five-day ride from London to Geneva, the first two stages of the Tour de France, and a route from London to Amsterdam.


Chestnut Homes is supporting the duo, who ride under the name of Team Daisy, with a £2,000 donation, which will go towards covering their entry fees and accommodation.


Last year, the Lincolnshire housebuilder sponsored Team Daisy’s first ever team kit and helped provide the pair with new cycling jackets.


Mark said: “We’ve been cycling together for several years, raising as much money as possible and hoping to inspire more people to take up the sport.


“Next year we’re planning on pushing our bodies harder and cycling more routes in Europe, so we will need assistance with funding for travel, accommodation and entry fees.


“This second contribution from Chestnut Homes enables us to take on these more challenging adventures so we can raise more money for our chosen charities.”


Mark was diagnosed with Stargardt Macular Dystrophy, a rare eye condition, in 2009 and was registered blind 18 months later.


With the help of Graeme, who worked with Mark at Dulux, he was able to take part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, and they went on to form Team Daisy.


Since then, the duo have cycled from London to Paris in 21 hours and taken part in numerous Ride London events. They have also taken on the Gran Fond Giro d’ Italia Northern Ireland, which sees cyclists tackle some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic climbs.


Mark added: “Without the support of companies like Chestnut Homes, we wouldn’t be able to take part in any of these fundraising events.


“Their funding enabled us to purchase matching kits last year, which has made a big difference and helped us to feel like an official team.”


David Newton, Managing Director of Chestnut Homes, said: “As a company of keen cyclists, we’re proud to be supporting Mark and Graeme with their fundraising efforts for a second year.


“Mark’s story is truly inspirational, and proves that with the right support and passion you can overcome all obstacles.


“We wish them all the best for next year and will be cheering them on in their forthcoming events.”


You can visit the team's Facebook page here: Daisy The Tandem

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