Police inspector tackles cycle challenge to help refugees

Beds Police Inspector Hob Hoque cycles from London to Brighton.
Beds Police Inspector Hob Hoque cycles from London to Brighton.

An inspector from Bedfordshire Police swapped his uniform for lycra as he completed the London to Brighton bike ride.

Inspector Hob Hoque, head of the community cohesion team, completed the 60 mile bike ride in aid of charity on Sunday, October 11.

It had been organised by group of six friends who wanted to challenge their personal fitness whilst raising money for charity. The group have so far raised more than £1,000 for the Ummah Welfare Trust.

The aim of the trust is to assist and relieve the suffering of the poor and the destitute across the world. The trust operates in more than 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Its aim is to help with the refugee crisis and has a 100% donation policy.

Inspector Hoque said: “This was one of the most challenging things I have done - riding a bike for six and a half hours was tough. Having hardly done any training it was a gruelling experience, but one of the most satisfying - knowing I was raising money for a good cause.

“Day in, day out, refugees travel hundreds of miles with little or no food. This experience has made me realise how tough it is for people in other countries. It’s motivated me to get fit and look for my next personal challenge.”