On your bike! Merton Councillor cycles for charity in India and Nepal

Merton Mayor Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender is looking forward to one of Merton’s councillors cycling to the foothills of the Himalayas to raise money for her official charity next month.

March will see Councillor Jeff Hanna cycle from India’s capital New Delhi, to Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.

Councillor Hanna is meeting all of his own expenses, so all donations will be passed on to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal for the Merton Branch of Parkinson’s UK. He will eat local food and sleep wherever he can find local accommodation, or use a sleeping bag and tent.

The Mayor said: “I’m very pleased to see Cllr Hanna take up this challenge after he and Councillor Gam Gurung, who was born in Nepal, came up with this great idea.

“Parkinson’s is a very distressing condition, both for sufferers and for their families, and one person in 500 has it. Our local branch of Parkinson’s UK does a wonderful job supporting our residents affected by it – they deserve all the support we can give them. I know everyone in our borough is behind him on this great cause.”

Councillor Hanna said: “My last cycle trip was two years ago in Jordan. This will be more challenging, but I still plan to detour to see the Taj Mahal. I enjoy cycle touring, as you see much more of how people really live, compared to travelling with arranged tours. My bottom line is to make sure I get back in time for the council meeting at the end of March!”

Notes to editors:
The Mayor is inviting anyone who would like to support the charity to send a cheque, payable to “The Mayor of Merton’s Charity”, to the Mayor at the Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX.

For more information on Parkinson’s UK, please visit: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk.


Press Contact:
Nina Romain
Communications Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654