In January 2012, Jamie McDonald began cycling 14,000 miles from Bangkok, Thailand back to his hometown of Gloucester, England. His aim was to raise money for the children’s ward in Gloucester Royal Hospital.
In September, 2012 he was joined by his cousin, Kev Brady in the Turkish city of Batman – who came armed with Batman and Robin costumes. The pair proceeded to cycle the 1000 miles across Turkey wearing the costumes every pedal of the way.
“Initially putting the costumes on and cycling out into south east Turkey was quite nerve-wracking with all the terrorism and political unrest going on, but the response we received from the locals was overwhelming, such welcome and kindness. It also seemed to strike a chord back in the UK and the donations came flooding in.”
“We then thought – we want people back home to know what an awesome feeling it is to cycle some distance dressed as a Superhero, instead of lycra! All while raising funds and awareness for a fantastic cause.”
An impromptu event was set up on our return and on a cold, wet November morning 100 people turned up in full superhero costume and cycled around the city of Gloucester all together raising over £10,000.
We want this to continue and grow.