On Saturday 6th July, Dorothy and Alan Dews will be hosting yet another fundraising event for The British Heart Foundation.

This is their second fundraiser of the year after the Charity Football Match in April.

11 bike riders will be getting on their bikes and cycling down to Craven Cottage from The Highlander Pub and back in memory of their good friend.

The challenge consists of over 135 miles in one day.

Photo curtesy of Dorothy Dews (Facebook. 2019)

Alan Trevor Dews suffered a cardiac arrest in the early hours of 9th June 2015 and died in his sleep. It happened very suddenly and without any warning. Alan was 37 years old, active and healthy. His untimely death was a complete shock to everyone.

Alan loved life and also loved Fulham FC Football Ground with it being his favourite away ground to visit.

This will be the fourth year in succession for the event. The previous three rides have generated in excess of £8,000 – exceeding expectations by far.

2016: On July 23, John Culwick, Jason Walsh & Darren Mervyn pioneered this event. They caught a train from Birmingham New Street to London, then cycled to Craven Cottage. From there they cycled the 150 miles to the Highlander, Birmingham!

2017: 3 became 9! Andrew Bartlett, Andrew Cowsill, James Swadkins, Johnny Best, Philip Hood & Terry Olds were warmly welcomed onboard.

2018 saw 9 riders take on the challenge: John Culwick, Darren Mervyn, Philip Hood, Johnny Best, Terry Olds, Steve Hall, Elliot Nash, John Soady & Dave Wyre. 4 riders did the “double” by cycling there on the Friday and returning with the rest of the team on Saturday!

There will be day-time activities held at The Highlander Pub on Merritt’s Hill including face-painting, tombola, BBQ and much more!

Admission is free and there will be a charity night from 7pm with music, raffles and all sorts of fun and games.

Poster created by Callum Kelly (2019)

They will then be welcoming the 12 riders back at around 8:30pm.

Dorothy Dews, Mother of Alan, says: “In previous years, we have been blessed with good weather and a wonderful sense of community spirit. The feeling of pride when the riders appear at the bottom of the hill and are cheered home is something very special!”

Darren Mervyn, Founder of the event, says: ” Alan was one of my best friends, my best man at my wedding and his death hit us hard, still does. Not long after Alan died a lot of his friends went to Fulham away, the coach left from the Highlander. I went even though I am a villa fan.

“Alan’s father approached me when they started the Northfield 9ers fundraising asking if I would do a cycle ride for them possibly 30 miles. Straight away I said yes and then mentioned Fulham to the Highlander. I never had a clue how far it would be until I got home and googled it.

“Most of us are keen cyclists and we cycle all year round. But this ride means putting in longer miles than usual. I expect all riders have done a 100 miler training ride before hand.”

Johnny Best, one of the cyclists facing this challenge for the third year says: “Although it’s sometimes the first time we all meet everyone works for each other as we have good parts in the day and hard parts too. Jason Walsh will be back this year so it’s bound to be a lot louder!”

If you would like more information please contact Dorothy or Alan Dews on 0121 608 4933 or 07757 653 453 or email nf9ers@outlook.com

This event is very kindly sponsored by Elliot Nash Construction Limited.



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