12 November 2009
In April 2009, James Bowthorpe will set off from London in an attempt to break the world record for cycling around the globe, with the intention of raising £1.8 million for Parkinson's research.
"Two years ago I was choosing what volunteer medical work to apply for. Looking back at it now, I feel very lucky that I chose what I did. I became an honorary research fellow at a Parkinson’s Disease (PD) research clinic based at hospitals in South London.
Unfortunately, it would require a sea-change in the philosophy of funding bodies to realise the potential of [our research on the role of infection in causing and propagating PD].
Over the last year my response to this has shifted from one of frustration to one of clarity; if we cannot raise the funds required quickly enough through conventional channels, then we must try something else! Dynamic and unique research requires an equally singular fundraising proposition.
In April 2009 I will set off from London to break the world record for cycling around the globe, with the intention of raising £1.8 million. This money will enable the research to proceed immediately to its next stage – a five-year multi-disciplinary groundbreaking programme into ‘Parkinson’s: What’s driving it?’
My route will traverse Western and Eastern Europe, Iran, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. I intend to break the recently-set world record for this journey by at least three weeks, by cycling 120 miles a day for 150 days. £100 needs to be raised for each mile I cycle.
We are looking for people who can support the challenge, either financially or through advice and assistance on route."
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to offer support or advice.