TruGreen Gloucestershire’s Run2Paris

TruGreen Gloucestershire’s Mike Simmonds is raising money for Parkinson’s UK and SSAFA with Run2Paris.

Run2Paris is a fundraising initiative supporting two great charities: Parkinson’s UK and SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.

TruGreen Gloucestershire Owner and Director Mike Simmonds is participating this year and needs your support.

But what is Run2Paris?

The task at hand

The challenge is to… well: run to Paris. In just four days.

On the 25-28th May, the relay teams set off from London.

Each teammate will complete a set mileage daily, taking them from basecamp to basecamp (with a short ferry ride to cross the channel).

By the end of day four, the teams will arrive in Paris, having completed the 225-mile journey between them.

Each leg of the journey is roughly the distance of a half marathon and tracks the distance from the Wimbledon Tennis Club to the Eiffel Tower.

After four days running, the teams will reunite at the Trocadero to finish the home stretch and cross the finish line together.

The Charities

Parkinson’s UK

Parkinson’s UK is a charity that strives to improve the care, treatments and quality of life for those with Parkinson’s.

They hope to one day find a cure by tackling each Parkinson’s symptom individually.

Through research into conditions and treatments, information and support and campaigning to raise money and awareness, Parkinson’s UK do invaluable work to help all those with Parkinson’s in the UK.

If you’d like to contact Parkinson’s UK directly with any questions on their services or involvement in Run2Paris, you can speak to representative Beccy Rae by calling 020 7963 3949 or emailing rrae@parkinsons.org.uk.

SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity

From veterans to those who have served in more recent conflicts and their families, SSAFA strives to support the people behind the uniform.

As the UK’s oldest tri-military charity, the SSAFA work to provide specialised support to service leavers in the UK and worldwide.

From providing financial help to supporting with injuries and hidden wounds like depression or PTSD, the SSAFA is there when service leavers need it.

If you would like to contact SSAFA directly with any questions about their services or involvement in Run2Paris, you can speak to representative Hannah Siddle by calling 020 7463 9297 or emailing teamssafa@ssafa.org.uk.

The Team

Mike Simmonds is the Owner and Director of TruGreen Gloucestershire, providing quality and professional lawn care services across Gloucestershire.

As a regular charity partner, Mike is no stranger to aiding charities in their quests to make the world a better place for us all.

As a supporter of the Pied Piper Appeal, who has fundraised through exercise and sport, Mike is no stranger to the requirements of a challenge like Run2Paris.

And he won’t be doing it alone.

Mike is partnering with fellow business owners in Gloucester to form his relay team; Ben Limbrick from First Aid & Trauma Training; Alex Kell and Adam Chotoye from Quayside Wealth Management; Christopher Price from Tayntons Solicitors.

The team are currently in training for the initiative and already smashing their fundraising target.

Each team has a target of £2000, with a £400 goal per member. At the time of writing, Mike has already raised £812.

Combined with his teammates, this amount already exceeds the £2000 team goal!

All that’s left to say is good luck and well done to Mike and the team for when they Run2Paris.

To learn more or sponsor Mike, please visit his donations page today.

Find out more

To contact Mike for more on fundraising or professional and bespoke lawn care services across Gloucestershire, call 01452 223329 today.

Or find your nearest TruGreen business today to book a free 14-point lawn analysis from your local TruGreen lawn care expert nationwide.