The Last Mile!

Over the past few months W.Bro. Simon McCarthy of Welcome Mark Lodge No 1237 and Weald of Surrey Council No 309 has been out on his bike on the roads of Surrey and Hampshire in all weathers in support of the Surrey Mark 2022 Festival. His target was 2022 miles by the end of October 2020.

The Last Mile! We have been following Simon’s bike ride via his Strava app. and on Saturday in the pouring rain Simon had reached a total of 2021 miles leaving one mile to complete his goal. A few supporters went along to Box Hill to see Simon complete his ride.

The Last Mile! We were all there at the finish line to cheer Simon on.

The Last Mile! The Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province of Surrey, RW.Bro. Ian Clark, was there to congratulate Simon and celebrate with him his magnificent effort on behalf of the Festival.

The Last Mile! We are pleased to announce that Simon has exceeded his target of raising £2,500 for the Surrey Mark 2022 MBF Festival – a fantastic personal achievement; especially considering that Simon’s heart only works at 65% capacity due to a heart attack two years ago, as well as losing part of a lung due to cancer.

The Last Mile! There to cheer Simon on were members of the Mark Provincial Executive, the 2022 Festival Committee, and Heads of Other Orders in Surrey. Our District Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. David Blackburn, was unfortunately unable to be with us. Simon thanked the District Grand Council of Surrey and the Companions if Surrey who had supported him so generously.

The Last Mile! The Last Mile! The Last Mile! We all thank Simon for his tremendous support for our Festival and wish him a well deserved rest.

The Last Mile! Simon would still welcome any donation, no matter how small, from individuals and Lodges. It’s easy to donate via Simon’s JustGiving page by clicking here.

Below is a video of Simon's last big ride:

Article by Chris Eley and photos by Bob Tuthill and Chris Eley

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