One month until charity fundraiser sets off on epic adventure


In April local fundraiser Antony Butcher, who lives in Ilkley, will be setting off on the adventure of a lifetime - a solo bike ride from New York to San Francisco. Originally planned for 2020, Antony is now in the final stages of preparing for the ride.


Antony is raising funds for the MS Society, a cause that is close to his heart as his mum has been living with MS for over thirty years, and now lives in a local nursing home. As well as raising money for charity, Antony is also hoping to raise awareness of Mental health, and has recently shared his personal journey with local primary and secondary schools.


Antony says “After five years of planning I’m excited to finally set off on this epic adventure. Since I first started fundraising for the MS Society there have been some exciting breakthroughs and I hope that the money I raise will bring us one step closer to eradicating this horrible condition”.


When he sets off on the 23rd April, Antony will spend 3 months cycling nearly 4000 miles between New York and San Francisco. His journey will take him across 3 mountain ranges, climbing a total of nearly 100,000 feet - three times the height of Mount Everest. He will be travelling by himself, cycling about 50-70 miles most days, and sleeping in the homes of Americans who have offered him a place to stay for the night.


If you’d like to follow Antony’s journey you can do this at www.facebook.com/antonyacrossamerica, www.instagram.com/antonyacrossamerica, or www.twitter.com/antonybutcher. He’ll also be sharing updates on his website, www.antonyjcbutcher.com. If you’d like to sponsor Antony, you can do this at www.justgiving.com/antonyjcbutcher.


There are also opportunities for local businesses to sponsor a week of his journey. During this week Antony will promote the business on his social media accounts and provide a personalised video from the road to thank the business and their customers. If any businesses would be interested in this opportunity please contact antonyjcbutcher@gmail.com.