Shopping Centre owner cycles for hearty cause
Yate Shopping Centre figurehead, Mark Hull, has just returned from a gruelling five-day cycling trip through Jordan in which he helped raise over £15,000 for the Big Heart Bike Challenge.
Mark, who is Group Property Controller of Englander Group – owners of Yate Shopping Centre, was accompanied by two other members of the Shopping Centre team, Paul Boden of project managers Hanover Cube and Tim Davis, Regional Head of DTZ Bristol and the South West Office.
The team completed 220 miles over the five days, spending up to 6 hours every day in the saddle in temperatures up to 92 degrees whilst climbing an incredible total height in excess of 18,000 feet during the trip.
Mark Hull: “Unfortunately due to this commitment we were unable to make the official turning on of the Christmas lights at Yate but we did raise over £15,000 for the British Heart Foundation and other Heart related regional charities.
“It was an amazing but very challenging trip, cycling through refugee camps and often being stoned by the local school children as we cycled through towns and villages! Despite the pain, suffering and unexpected greetings, we have already decided to do a Yate to Paris bike ride for 2014 as part of our training for another gruelling 450 mile ride through India in 2015 which will also be in aid of national and regional heart charities.”