Brother James Hayes from St Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool undertook a nine-day sponsored bike ride in May – taking him from Berlin to Arromanches in northern France, a distance of about 1,500km – to raise money for the Royal British Legion.
His epic journey from Germany to the Normandy beaches was inspired by a presentation given at SFX, where he is school chaplain, by members of the Royal British Legion before Remembrance Day 2015. Brother James, a member of Birkenhead North End Cycling Club since 1992, promptly dedicated his May half-term holiday to completing what was his 14th sponsored cycle ride.
He said: "With Pope Francis having announced a Year of Mercy, I saw this ride as also being a symbolic gesture of reconciliation, mercy and solidarity between our peoples, as well as an opportunity to raise funds; en route I took a detour via Dresden and also went through the Somme region in northern France."
Anyone wishing to sponsor Brother James can contact him at SFX, Woolton Hill Road, Woolton, Liverpool, L25 6EG or visit: https://www.justgiving.com/James-Hayes29.