Londoner Cycles from Liverpool to Hull in Memorial to Friend

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To raise money for Age UK, and pay tribute to his friend Jon Fisk who died in 2009, 25-year-old recruitment consultant Robert Simpson from Islington, London, is setting off on a three-day cycle ride from Liverpool to Hull this April.

Completing Jon’s challenge myself seems a fitting way to pay tribute to his memory; especially as I’m raising funds for Age UK

25-year-old recruitment consultant Robert Simpson from Islington, London, is setting off on a three-day cycle ride from Liverpool to Hull this April to raise money for Age UK, and pay tribute to his friend Jon Fisk who died in 2009.

Robert, who is currently in training for the 179 mile cycling challenge, has chosen to ride from Liverpool to Hull, a route that his 22-year-old friend Jon had hoped to complete before he tragically died at the Exit music festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, after falling off a bank.

Robert explained: “Jon’s incredible lust for life is something that has stayed with me, and I wanted to do something in his memory. When I last saw him, he mentioned how determined he was to take on the cycle ride in the Summer, but sadly he never had the chance.

“Completing Jon’s challenge myself seems a fitting way to pay tribute to his memory; especially as I’m raising funds for Age UK, a charity that he really cared about and had supported in the past. I’m by no means an elite cyclist, but knowing that I’m raising funds for a cause so close to Jon’s heart will spur me on!”

Fiona Jerman, Special and Challenge Events Manager at Age UK said: “Robert is taking on an incredible challenge to honour of the memory of his friend Jon. The funds he’s raising for Age UK will help make a huge difference to the lives of older people, which is something we know Jon felt extremely passionate about. We wish Robert the best of luck with his cycle ride and his fundraising target.”

To support Robert, visit http://www.justgiving.com/RobsRide4Jon. For more information about Age UK challenges and events, visit http://www.ageuk.org.uk/events or call 0207 239 1922.

Note to Editors

1.    For more information about Age UK please contact Lizzie Webster, Age UK Media Team, on 020 8765 7516 or e-mail lizzie.webster@ageuk.org.uk
2.    Age UK is the new force combining Age Concern and Help the Aged, dedicated to improving later life.
3.    Age UK provide free information, advice and support to over five million people; commercial products and services to over one million customers; and research and campaign on the issues that matter to people in later life. Our work focuses on five key areas: money matters, health and well being, home and care, work and training and leisure and lifestyle. We work with our national partners, Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI (together the Age UK Family), our local Age UK partners in England and local Age Concerns. We also work internationally for people in later life as a member of the DEC and with our sister charity Help Age International.
4.    Age UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England (registered charity number 1128267 and company number 6825798). Age Concern England and Help the Aged (both registered charities), and their trading and other associated companies merged on the 1st April 2009. Together they have formed the Age UK Group (“we”). Charitable services are offered through Age UK and commercial products are offered by the Charity’s trading companies, which donate their net profits to Age UK (the Charity).

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