Bush Fair cafe owner on course in mammoth cycle to Turkey

Charity / Tue 10th May 2016 am31 07:13am


By Eric White

ON Saturday 16th April, Mehmet Cakmak, owner of Café Pizzeria in Bush Fair, set off on the journey of a lifetime from Harlow to his hometown Ankara in Turkey, all with just him and his bike.

The father of four chose to undertake the trip in hope of raising money for St Clare’s Hospice charity, and has so far raised £2,165.

He hopes to raise £5000.

He has cycled into Austria in the past week and set himself the target of six weeks to complete the mammoth of a mission before he set off.

The ride has already taken him through Holland and Germany with Romania and Bulgaria still to come once he makes it through Austria before he will make it to his home country.

Mehmet has lived in Ilford for over 30 years and opened his business in Harlow 25 years ago. On reaching his 50th birthday last November, Mehmet decided he wanted to take on a personal challenge and give something back to his local community.

Before setting off on the journey, Mehmet said: “I have always been a keen cyclist but I just couldn’t find the time once my wife and I had our four children and I was running my business. But when I reached the big five-zero I just thought, it’s now or never. I need an adventure!

“I have driven past St Clare’s twice a day, every day, for the past 25 years on my way to work in Harlow.

“I know from my many customers at the cafe about the amazing work St Clare does and I just wanted to give something back to the community I have worked in for so many years. St Clare has been there for so many thousands of people over the years and I want to do my bit to make sure they can continue to care for local families in future.”

You can follow Mehmet’s progress by checking the St Clare website and Facebook page where regular updates will be posted.

To sponsor Mehmet visit his fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/Mehmet-Cakmak.

You can also track Mehmet’s journey across Europe in real time by following this link: www.findmespot.com/spotadventures/index.php

For more information on Mehmet’s cycle expedition contact St Clare Challenge and Events Fundraiser, Jade Clarke, on 01279 773756 or email [email protected]

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