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Mark's Mission: riding for Wood Street

29 May 2009

Sponsor him in the Annual Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride

On Sunday 12 July, Mark Jabbal, a Research Associate in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, will be cycling in the 23rd Annual Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride for charity. At around 60 miles, it's the North West's biggest bike ride and will start at Manchester United Football Ground and continue through Leigh, Haigh Hall and Preston, finishing by the Mirror Ball at the South Promenade in Blackpool.

Mark, who regularly commutes to University by bicycle, is raising money for the Wood Street Mission, which is a non-denominational charity helping to alleviate the effects of poverty on children, young people and families living in and around Manchester and Salford.

Sadly, child poverty is a more serious problem in Greater Manchester than in many other parts of the UK.

2009 marks the 140th anniversary of Wood Street Mission and last month, the Mission re-opened after a refurbishment of its premises at 26 Wood Street. However, 2009 is also a time when many will be facing heightened financial hardship. Wood Street will be a lifeline to many local families struggling to provide the basic items of food and clothing for their children and themselves.

Mark is currently trying to raise as much money as possible for Wood Street in preparation for his bike ride. Anyone wishing to sponsor him can visit: