JP Morgan employee to ride around Europe for charity

By Rachel Bishop on June 3, 2014 12:24 PM |

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A JP Morgan employee and his friend are taking on what they've called their "mini version of the Long Way Round" to raise money for Alzheimer's Society.

Steve Lane, from Canary Wharf, and his friend Matthew Helliwell, from Greenwich, set off on Sunday (June 1), aiming to ride through 18 countries in two weeks.

They are travelling on a Ducati Monster 796 and BMW K75 around Europe after Matthew suggested going on the trip before he heads home to New Zealand.

Ahead of the trip, Steve said: "I've never done a long motorbike trip or been to Eastern Europe and I had just broken up from a long term relationship when Matt suggested it, so I was looking for a project to keep myself busy.

"About the same time, my father was diagnosed with early signs of Alzheimer's which his father died from at the age of 72.

"I decided it would be a good cause to raise money for and it would give me a reason to do the trip."

Steve, who has raised more than £1,300 so far, says his dad is really proud of him, but, although still proud, his mum is "worried sick" about the trip.

He said: "She never wanted me to buy a motorbike but she forgets I'm 45, not 15."

To donate go to justgiving.com/monsterbrick.