Taking on London Underground Challenge for charity

Matt Dyer
Matt Dyer

Two friends will be attempting to beat the Guinness World Record for the London Underground Challenge.

Matt Dyer, 20, of Gemini Close, and Sam Cropper, 20, will be attempting to beat the fastest time to visit all 270 London tube stations, the record currently stands at 16 hours, 14 minutes and 10 seconds.

Sam Cropper

Sam Cropper

The pair will also be fundraising for Cancer Research UK and Mind, the mental health charity.

When they take on the challenge on Monday, June 29, it will be Matt’s sixth attempt, it has become a personal challenge for him.

He said: “I have quite an interest in the railways and the underground and how they work, this is something I am good at.

“The challenge is not just about sitting on the tubes, you have to be physically fit to run between the platforms, you are on the go from 5am till about 9pm, it is mentally and physically draining.

“This year I will be raising money for two charities, I have been raising money for Cancer Research UK every year since I started and will continue to do so. The work they do is fantastic

“It is something that almost everyone will go through personally or they will know someone that has been affected by cancer.

“We will also be raising money for Mind because it is a charity that has helped me personally.”

Matt is raising money for the mental health charity in memory of his uncle who passed away last year after having a mental breakdown.

He said: “I urge anybody who has a mental illness to talk to somebody, there are always people who will listen, whether it is a friend, a family member or a charity like Mind.

“I was diagnosed with a mental health issue last year and for the first three months I did not tell anyone in my own family, instead I spoke only to my manager at work and kept the rest bottled up, it did not do me any good.”

The 20-year-old wants to raise awareness of the charities that help people dealing with mental illnesses.

They are hoping to raise £4000, to donate to the charities, visit: www.justgiving.com/teams/LUCA7 and choose which charity you would like to donate to.