Monday 06 June
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An Ipswich student is to cycle from London to Paris to raise money for the British Red Cross who helped his family following the tragic death of his father.
David Nolan was 16 when his father William was killed when a pleasure boat sank in Bahrain. The civil engineer died alongside 57 other people who had been celebrating the completion of the Bahrain World Trade Centre. A team of Red Cross volunteers flew out to Bahrain following the tragedy to give practical and emotional support to the survivors and the family of those killed.
Five years on David, from Bucklesham, is preparing to honour his father’s memory by cycling more than 300 miles in four days with three friends.
David said: “After my father’s death the British Red Cross were just fantastic and a huge support to our family, especially my mother. They gave us the opportunity to talk about how we were feeling but also helped us with the practical side of things such as helping us arrange to return to the UK. I have never forgotten the support of the Red Cross and it was always in the back of my mind to raise money for them.”
David’s fundraising effort is all the more impressive when you learn the Bath University student is not a keen cyclist.
David said: “It was a spontaneous decision as I am not a cyclist at all. I have had to do a lot of training in preparation including a 100k ride which was tough. I’ve also been in the gym a lot and doing spinning classes. I wanted to be in tip-top shape so I can give it my all.”
David will set off with 50 other cyclists from Greenwich for the ‘Across the Divide’ challenge on June 1 and cycle to Dover before boarding a ferry to Calais, France. The team will finish at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
David and his friends have already raised more than £7,000. You can sponsor David at http://www.justgiving.com/davids-eurocycle
The Red Cross has trained volunteers on standby to offer practical help and emotional support to people affected by emergencies overseas. In previous deployments, psychosocial support teams have assisted Britons following Haiti’s earthquake and the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008. Red Cross volunteers are deployed at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO) which is responsible for providing consular assistance to Britons overseas.
For more information on the British Red Cross please visit: http://www.redcross.org.uk
Notes to editors
There are photographs of David available. Please contact Laura Hinks on 0207 877 7524
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies
in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on
with their lives.