Cycle-mad construction worker to complete an epic Cambodian challenge

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A cycling-mad construction worker is set to complete an epic Cambodian biking challenge to help fund a new children’s hospital wing he is helping to build.

Mark Holden, group construction director at Simons Construction, will take on an eight day ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat, cycling through the deep heart of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam and along some of the most demanding dusty dirty tracks of Cambodia.

His challenge, on November 14, is to raise money for The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make it Better appeal, which urgently needs funds to help build a brand new wing at The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield – a project Mark is overseeing.

He said: “Simons Group has a long history of getting involved with the communities our work affects and the organisations close to their hearts. We are so proud to be supporting the delivery of the charity’s vision of a state-of-the-art, world-class facility that we know will improve patient care for this and future generations.

“Additionally, as a Sheffield parent with first-hand experience of their excellent care, I am extremely proud of the opportunity to support this transformation through my own small way and make our extraordinary hospital even better.”

Mark has already raised almost £3,500 through fundraising, including raffling off a fortnight in a Florida condo, but hopes to reach his £5000 total before he sets off to Asia. All the money will go towards the hospital redevelopment, set to be completed in autumn 2016. Amongst the improvements will be three new wards with plenty of private rooms, a spacious outpatients department, a giant play tower and an outdoor garden.

Cheryl Davidson, community fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “It is really fantastic that Mark will not only be helping build this new wing, he will be helping fund it too. We have been amazed at how Simons have all taken this project to their hearts – they see how important it is that our incredible hospital has these new facilities so we can help even more children get better more quickly, in an environment designed with them in mind.”

For more information, including details of how to get involved with The Children’s Hospital Charity, visit The Children’s Hosital Charity