An A&E doctor is planning a 21,000-mile ride to raise money for two charities close to his heart – one of which helped to save his girlfriend's life.
Chris Targett from Cambridgeshire is undertaking the epic solo and unsupported round trip from England to South Africa and Nepal back to England in the hopes of raising £100,000 for local Air Ambulance charity Magpass, which rescued girlfriend Sam following a car accident, and Riders For Health, which helps deliver medical aid to villages in Africa.
"I was born alive and well and remain so thanks to the NHS, " explains Chris (aka 'Tigger'), "Without Magpas, my wonderful girlfriend and her Mum might very well be dead, having been called out to them for a horrid car crash and fire. But so many people, like those in Africa, aren't so lucky. Their only contact with healthcare is provided thanks to Riders For Health’s tireless efforts."
Chris’ chosen route will see him traverse the east cost of Africa aboard his KTM 990 Adventure 'Sir Humphrey Bikelby', passing through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Swaziland down to the southern tip of SA. He'll then jet off to Nepal where he'll begin the ride back through India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. Chris plans to depart in late January 2012 and estimates the ride will take six months to complete.
"I’ve dreamed about a grand adventure for half my life and I truly believe that the causes are worth every expense and risk," he says.
If you know of a company that could help Tigger, have any advice, would like to sponsor him or find out more about his trip, see http://www.tiggerstravels.org