Director and Chartered Financial Planner, Paul Gibson is getting on his bike for The Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation (MTPF) but he needs your support to help him raise money for struggling Teesside families
Paul, a passionate cyclist has successfully secured a space in the gruelling Deloitte Ride Across Britain cycle event, which takes place September 4th-12th.
“Over 9 consecutive days I will cycle 980 miles from Landsend to John O’Groats with over 52,000 feet of climbing” explains Paul “No wonder the ride is known as ‘the UK’s most iconic cycling challenge’!”
Paul’s love of cycling began in 2015, when having not ridden a bike since school, Paul and some other members of the Active team took on the ‘Coast to Coast’ challenge, raising funds for the MTPF. Six years on and cycling has become a huge part of Paul’s life, particularly in the last 12 months during lockdown.
“I love cycling – it’s my time to collect my thoughts and clear my head” says Paul “it’s great to be able to put my hobby in to something positive and raise some money – my target is to raise £5000”
Paul chose the foundation as benefactors, not only because the firm are charity patrons, but because he has seen the devastation caused to the people of Teesside by the pandemic. The charity’s aim is to make Middlesbrough and Teesside better places in which to live, work and do business.
The Foundation’s recent focus has been supporting the local charities and community groups who have dedicated their efforts to helping those fighting to keep their ‘heads above the water line’ during the Covid crisis.
“I sit as a governor at a school in Middlesbrough and I’ve seen how bad things are,” says Paul. “Supporting the foundation is the best way to get the money to the heart of the community and to those who need it the most”
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