The location for the media launch was the Southport Promenade at the end of the pier. The skies were overcast but the rain thankfully held off. Our phones suddenly sprung into life as several family and friends informed us that we had been on ITV breakfast news. Pictures of Dad and Queenscourt - superb. BBC news arrived together with the Southport Visiter and Champion newspapers. BBC Radio Merseyside and Forces Radio took several interviews. Of significance Fusilier Andrew Barlow (George Medal) turned up to endorse the BLESMA fundraising. Blackpool BLESMA coach turned up (all 40 ft of it). It was a terrific backdrop for the pictures and newsclips. In addition we recorded several newsclips for Yorkshire Radio advertising JD Cycles. The day concluded with us walking around Southport with the bike collecting for Queenscourt. Everyone in Southport seems to have seen us - lets hope it ends up in some serious cash for 2 great charities. The challenge has begun; my only concern is that 50k is an awful lot of money to raise. Our Just giving website reads [amount collected so far - 0:00]
Thursday, 3 April 2008
A day to remember. The end to end team slept at marks house and after bike adjustments into the night and detailed discussions on the media briefing we went to bed. 'Major Jonny' woke us at 0530 hrs! oh my god this is like some cycling boot camp...We were on the road at 0615hrs. The heads of several milkmen and paper boys turned as we patrolled the quiet streets of Southport. Legs warmed up and drills practiced we pulled into Dune FM for the early morning breakfast show. The station was buzzing - we were all hyped - and then we were on air. The banter was superb, I gave a shout out to my 3 monkeys (Edward - Bertie and Kitty) then we recorded several news clips. Breakfast Radio Done - TV awaits. We departed at 0915 and cycled to the awaiting TV and press. Already cars beeped their horns - we felt like we were famous already.