Married to: Liz (Back-Up Team member)

Age: 61

Work: Retired – I don’t do that anymore

Big Children: 2

Small Grandchildren: 4 (all boys)

Church Warden:

St Mary the Virgin Broxted

Other Passions:

Cycling & Golf (not at the same time)



My cycling is very much on a casual basis and mostly on my own through the beautiful Essex and Hertfordshire countryside.  I have cycled in the British Heart Foundation London to Brightonannual fun ride a total of 6 times, spanning more than 20 years!


My Charity: 

Why “The Friends of The Five Parishes” as my chosen charity?  The Church in The Five Parishes is in fact one Church of England parish serving five beautiful villages and their surrounding farms. The

Church and it’s four ancient buildings is still at the heart of this rural community, and the “Friends” have donated over £43,000 towards their maintenance.  All four buildings are in need of further specialist maintenance work and “The Friends” are expected requests for substantial sums during 2010 & 2011.  I hope you can help, a lot or a little.  It all counts!


For more information about The Five Parishes and The Fiends, visit the website





                         MATT CARTER


Married to: Sarah

(Back-Up Team member)

Age: 34

Live in: Newport Pagnell

Work for: Sling Media as Retail Sales Manager for UK, Ireland and Benelux

Children: 2


Other bits I do:

Parent Governor and Community Group member of Portfields School, Newport Pagnell


Hobbies: Cycling, spin and the gym. Then after all that hard work the pub, especially quiz night. I also love cooking.



I have done the London to Brighton Bike Ride on numerous occasions and always enjoyed it but I only got back into cycling properly last year, first with spin then back on the road. I bought my road bike in October and I haven’t looked back really. Up until getting the road bike the 54 miles of the London to Brighton was the furthest I had ever ridden. This year has changed that, so far I have done a few training rides of 60+ miles, including one 85 miler in late January when it snowed while we were out, I don’t recommend riding in the snow. I have also taken part in my first 100 mile sportif which I completed in a ride time 6hrs 24, I have to say thanks to Markus, my best mate, for riding with me, next one in sub 6hrs? I’m planning on doing a least another 3 100 milers this year as well as the London to Brighton and, of course, the London to Paris ride.


My Charity, Willen Hospice:

Willen Hospice is an amazing place with some fantastic people. The care they offer is invaluable to their patients and their patients families. Only 25% of their costs are met through the NHS, the rest comes from generous donations and charitable activities and without them the place simply couldn’t stay open and their care would be lost.



Willen Hospice is a registered charity (No. 270194) that provides specialist care for people whose illness no longer responds to curative treatment (also known as specialist palliative care).


They work in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas and are based at a quiet lakeside area close to the City Centre. They provide care for people from the age of 18 years upwards and care focuses on four key areas –

specialist symptom control

emotional support

spiritual support

care for the carers


Their services are provided 24 hours a day without any cost to the patient or their families. Their support extends beyond the Hospice itself where they care for over 600 patients each year. Their Day HospiceSocial CareCommunity Nursing and Specialist Support teams, BefriendersBereavement Support and Carers Group enable them to reach many other patients and families, friends and carers.


Willen Hospice ended the last financial year with a £420,000 shortfall in its budget, so your support is more important than ever.