Couch Classic 2016: Paul Read Takes on Second Charity Cycle Challenge

Paul Read is in training for a charity cycle ride across Mallorca to raise money for Teens Unite Fighting Cancer.

In 2015, Paul and the Couch Classic team raised more than £15,000 for the charity Teens Unite. This year however the bar has been raised and collectively the team is looking to achieve a hugely significant £60,000.

Teens Unite is committed to improving the lives of young people who are experiencing cancer and other life limiting diseases. The work they do is life changing for the 13-24 year olds they take care of. They provide ongoing long term support through treatment and remission, and then there is the fun element: bringing young people together in a fun-filled environment where they can gain strength by sharing their experiences. It offers a real sense of family.

Couch Classic?

Gerry Couch was tragically killed in a car accident on the Spanish island of Mallorca in 2015. A warm Irishman from Waterford, Gerry made friends wherever he went, and had made his home in a number of countries across the world, including Spain. A true adventure lover and soul of generosity, he enriched the lives of many people.

It is in Gerry’s honour that Couch Classic was launched in 2015, and in his honour that the team will reconvene this year from 14th to 16th October to raise as much as possible for Teens Unite, a charity very much in the heart of Gerry’s son Gary.

A scene from Couch Classic 2015. This year is set to be even more of a challenge.

The Challenge?

Couch Classic is sponsored by Islandbridge Capital Ltd and Sunseeker London Group. The team’s challenge is to cycle over 153 miles from one side of Mallorca to the other in just three days, and the terrain is set to be pretty demanding.

Paul has made a personal commitment to raise £1,000, so any support that can be offered would be hugely appreciated. Even the smallest donations will make a difference.

How to Donate

To make a donation please visit Paul’s Couch Classic 2016 Just Giving page. Thank you in advance.