The founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Capitas Finance, a specialist in financing energy solutions, has completed a gruelling five-day mountain bike cross-country endurance stage race through the Alps, smashing his fundraising target for spinal cord research in the process.
Jeremy Hartill recently completed the SPAR Swiss Epic Race to raise funds for Wings for Life. He finished the challenge in 30 hours, 11 minutes and 32 seconds. Having set a target to raise £10,000, his fundraising total to date is £13,279.
The SPAR Swiss Epic is part of the Epic Series, a global portfolio of best-in-class mountain bike stage races. In the process, Jeremy covered 363 kilometres and climbed 11,650 meters in altitude before reaching the finish in Davos.
Jeremy raced for Wings for Life, the not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation, which funds world class research and clinical trials aimed at finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. He was inspired to support the charity as Capitas Non-Executive Chairman Philip White is Patron of the charity, and the pair have been friends and work colleagues for over 30 years.
Philip suffered a spinal cord injury following a freak accident at home in January 2019. It left him with a broken C5 vertebrae and damage to his spinal cord. His injury was rated as ASIA Grade A – Complete, which signifies the complete absence of all motor and sensory functions.
Of his challenge Jeremy said: "Raising money for Wings for Life is a cause close to my heart. It’s to support a true friend’s ultimate goal – to walk again. I set a fund-raising target of £10,000 and to date, we have raised just over £13,000. I am incredibly humbled by this, and I would like to thank everybody who has supported me, including my race partners; Edina UK, Journey Energy Solutions and Capitas Finance.
"The Swiss Epic is mostly technical singletrack and I found out why its billed as the 'hardest mountain bike race in Europe'. It was a fantastic experience to be part of this event knowing that the money raised will fund cutting-edge spinal cord research projects to help find a cure for spinal cord injury.”
Philip comments: “It was an amazing effort in gruelling and sapping conditions in the Swiss Alps by Jez to complete this year’s Swiss Epic event. All of this, to raise much needed funds on behalf of Wings for Life, with the money raised helping fund projects around the world.”
Emma Hind, Chief Executive Officer at Wings for Life, commented: “Jeremy taking on the Swiss Epic Challenge has been an incredible feat, testing his endurance, resolve and skill. Doing it to honour his close friend, Philip White, who was spinal cord injured in January 2019 is even more impressive. 100% of the funds Jeremy has raised will go directly to our research portfolio and continue the progress we have been making in our mission. Enormous thanks to Jeremy and everyone that has supported his fundraising efforts.”
There is still time to support Wings for Life through Jeremey’s JustGiving page. It will remain open until the end of September and 100% of all donations will go towards funding cutting-edge spinal cord research projects to help find a cure for spinal cord injury.