Trinity Hall alumnus targets £10,000 in Trans-Am fundraiser
23 July 2010
A Trinity Hall alumnus is to cycle more than 4,000 miles across America to raise money for research into a disease which almost took the life of a close childhood friend.
Law graduate John Brinsmead-Stockham (Jay), 28, aims to raise more than £10,000 for the Meningitis Research Foundation by undertaking a gruelling eight-week bike ride which will see them travel from Oregon, on the west coast of the US - to Virginia, in the east.
Jay and his friend Fred Parkes, who completed a ride from John O'Groats to Lands End in 2007, raising £3,600 for the same cause, were inspired to take on the challenge in support of his former schoolmate, Guy Humphreys, who was struck down with meningitis at the age of 16.
Guy survived the illness, but his experience spurred his friends into launching a fundraising drive for the charity.
"We were very proud of our achievement three years ago, but felt we wanted to do more," said Jay, who now works in London as a tax barrister. "This will be a huge challenge for us, but we are determined to raise as much as we can for a charity which does such vital work in the fight against a disease which affects far too many people."
Their trip will begin on August 6, in the town of Astoria, Oregon and will take the pair across the Rocky Mountains, and Yellowstone National Park. Their final destination, which they hope to reach within eight weeks, is Yorktown in Virginia - the site of the last major land battle in the American revolutionary war.
"Our £10,000 target is certainly a good motivation to take on the likes of the Rocky Mountains, along with other hurdles," added Jay. "The North Yorkshire Moors have been a helpful aid in our training regime."
Their progress can be followed on an online blog - http://biketransam.posterous.com