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Jools takes on charity cycling challenge

Have you seen Jools Brennan cycling around Pant and the surrounding area recently? If so, it’s all part of his epic challenge to cycle the equivalent of the height of the eight peaks in Nepal which are above 8,000 metres to raise £800 for The Gurkha Welfare Trust.

Originally, Jools from Pant – who helps out in the kitchen at the Cross Guns – was undertaking this challenge to raise funds for a trip to Nepal next year, donating a proportion of the funds raised to to The Gurkha Welfare Trust. However, he has now decided to donate all the money he raises to the Trust.

Photo of Jools Brennan and his bike with a hedge in the background
Jools has set himself the challenge of riding an ascent of 67,035 metres

Speaking about the challenge, Jools said: “During Summer 2021, when I will be in my last year of sixth form, I will be taking part in Global Action’s Nepal Annapurna Program.

“Nepal is incredibly diverse, from the World Heritage palaces of Kathmandu to the world-famous Annapurna National Park. Whilst in Nepal I will be involved in a poverty reduction project, working with charities and families to build schools, clean water and sanitation systems which will reduce illness and disease and increase school attendance.”

Whilst in Nepal, Jools is also planning to visit The Gurkha Welfare Trust and will be making a financial contribution to the Trust which supports retired Gurkhas and their families, provides medical camps, disaster relief and healthcare to Gurkha pensioners and supports Gurkha veterans in residential homes.

Added Jools: “My aim is to raise at least £800 for The Gurkha Welfare Trust. To do this I will cycle the equivalent of the height of the eight mountains in Nepal above 8000 metres over an eight month period. This is a total of 67,035 metres.

“I started with Mount Everest, completing the equivalent of its height on 9th June 2020, followed by Kanchenjunga which I completed on 13th July 2020. Having replaced inner tubes several times, had a new tyre, new gear cable and a new chain, I have now almost completed my third peak, Lhotse”.

If you can help Jools with his fundraising, you can donate online on his Go Fund me page – https://www.gofundme.com/f/global-action-nepal-2020-fundraiser.

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