20 Apr 2020


A charity bike ride supported by Discovery Park tenant, Big Red Branding, takes place this weekend with the aim of raising hundreds of pounds for research into motor-neurone disease (MND).

Dave and Luke Tappy from Big Red will be joined by a peloton of companies based at the Sandwich science and business park, with the charity cyclists pedalling off on a 40-mile tour of East Kent from The Harbour Arm, Margate at 9am on Sunday, 23 July.

The ‘Beery Bike Ride’ event, sponsored by Hofmeister, is being held in support of John’s Journey set up by Dave and Luke for the family of Thanet resident John Rawlins, to raise awareness of the condition.

It is the first of a number of charity events that will seek to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which has provided great support to John, diagnosed with the debilitating muscle wasting condition, MND in October 2016.

The bike ride, which starts at the Margate Harbour Arm, spans 40 miles with breaks every 10 miles taking in Reculver, Preston, Sandwich and back around the coast – finishing back at the Lighthouse Bar Margate Harbour Arm, where the cyclists (and supporters) will enjoy a BBQ and live bands.

Dave Tappy, founder of Big Red Branding, has been close friends with John since primary school and helped set up the Facebook group, John’s Journey to document his experience of the condition.

“I am proud to call John my friend and even more proud of the courageous way he has lived with this condition. This cycle ride is just a small way to show him our support and raise a lot of money for vital research.”

Companies taking part include Miles and Barr, Morgan Jones, Think Big, Angle Studios and Your simPal plus members of the tenant team at Discovery Park.

To find out more visit The Beery Bike Ride webpage or the John’s Journey funding page.

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