Army chef Rhys hopes to cook up cash for charity

From left to right, Corporal Sam Coote, Staff Sergeant Rhydian Coleman, Lance Corporal Rhys Pandeles, and Sergeant Simon Taylor.
From left to right, Corporal Sam Coote, Staff Sergeant Rhydian Coleman, Lance Corporal Rhys Pandeles, and Sergeant Simon Taylor.

An army chef from South Tyneside is hoping to cook up vital funds for charity when he takes part in a gruelling bike challenge next month.

Lance Corporal Rhys Pandeles, from South Shields, will join three of his colleagues in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 on Sunday, August 2.

Sergeant Simon Taylor, left, and Lance Corporal Rhys Pandeles.

Sergeant Simon Taylor, left, and Lance Corporal Rhys Pandeles.

The 100-mile event will see competitors ride from the Olympic Park, in London, before following a route through the capital, into Surrey’s countryside and then finishing on the Mall, in central London.

L/Corp Pandeles, 25, who attended Mortimer Community College, will be joined by fellow army chefs Sgt Rhydian Coleman, Cpl Sam Coote and Sgt Simon Taylor in the challenge.

They are hoping to raise more than £2,000 for Blind Veterans UK, a charity which offers lifelong practical and emotional support to all veterans with sight loss.

L/Corp Pandeles, who has served in countries including Germany and Iraq, and is currently based in Colchester with the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, said: “I’ve been in the army for the last seven years, and that has helped me push myself. I want to give something back.

Motivation won’t be a problem for us, because it’s for such a great cause

Lance Corporal Rhys Pandeles

“I’m sure it will be difficult to cycle the 100 miles, but we’ll be fine. We’ll encourage each other on, and motivation won’t be a problem for us, because it’s for such a great cause.”

The cycle route became famous after it was used during the 2012 Olympic Games, and the quartet are aiming to complete the course in seven-and-a-half hours.

Those who would like to donate can visit www.justgiving.com/simon-taylor63