Remembering Roy Bike Ride Smashes Fundraising Target

Published 07th Jun 2024 by Chlo Weldon

A daunting 100-mile bike ride in memory of much-loved father and friend to many, Roy Grant, has soared past its fundraising target for Cancer Research UK.

Roy, the father of Dawn Lawrence, Director of Q Hair and Beauty, sadly died in January. As a tribute to him, on 26 May, Dawn’s partner Nigel Pelling, cycled off on the Ride London-Essex 100 – the UK’s largest closed-road mass participation cycling event – beginning in London at Victoria Embankment, past Olympic Park, and through the London boroughs of Westminster, the City of London, Tower Hamlets, and into Essex via Epping Forest. It then headed back to the capital finishing at Tower Bridge.

Nigel, accompanied by friend and former Q stylist, Daniel Benson, successful completed the challenge in six hours with the goal of raising £500 for the cancer charity. But thanks to the generosity of supports, many of the team members, and loyal guest at Q, a staggering £2,203 was achieved.

Roy was well-known at the Chichester salon where he was regularly seen helping out at events, storytelling with most that he met, and was well-known for his high standards following a lengthy career at British Airways.

It was Roy’s cheerful personality and willingness to help other people that inspired Nigel to undertake the bike ride and raise money for an important cause.

“My Dad was diagnosed with cancer in November 2023, and he sadly passed away in January,” said Dawn. “He was my world, always there for me, he would help anyone, and was so generous with his love and kindness. He had a wonderful sense of humour and not a day goes by when I don’t miss his lovely smile, and infectious laugh.

“There are so many organisations that helped our family, but we chose Cancer Research UK as it is the only way to truly beat this terrible disease,” Dawn added. “I’m very proud of Nigel and Dan, and I know it would have been an extreme challenge but they crossed the finish line with a smile on their faces, and our cause rocketed in support. Thank you.”

To donate to the cause, please head here. Or make contact via Q Hair and Beauty.

Chlo Weldon

Chlo Weldon

Published 07th Jun 2024

Chlo writes regular content for the print magazine and website, as well as scheduling the content for HJ’s social media channels. Chlo has a master’s degree in Magazine Journalism and previously worked as Assistant Editor at craft magazine Tattered Lace. After moving to London from her small hometown to be part of the HJ team, she is loving every minute of being involved in the industry. She loves a good treatment and is on a mission for a longer and thicker mane.

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