Tower to Tower for Brian House

A fire fighter from Blackpool Airport is preparing to cycle from Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower with five friends to raise money for the Brian House Children’s Hospice.

Nick Perks, bank manager Andy Charles, Lancashire fire fighter John Charles, Dr David Charles and policeman Lee Kelly will meet on Saturday 12th May at Brian House and start their gruelling journey from Blackpool Tower at 8.00am.

They will be joined by local DJ Rob Bennett, who will be driving the support vehicle, which has been provided by Fylde based A & J Plasterers.

With a seven day, 600 mile journey ahead of them, the team have been busy training during evenings and weekends in order to ensure they stick to the tight schedule.

There has been plenty of local support too. Blackpool Airport bosses have donated £200 and Allitt Estate Agents and Spire Fylde Coast Hospital are the shirt sponsors.

Nick, who previously took part in the Three Peaks challenge with fellow fire fighters at the airport for the same charity, said: “We are all really looking forward to taking part in the Tower to Tower bike ride.

“With Brian House Hospice also being Blackpool Airport’s nominated charity and very close to the hearts of lots of people in Blackpool and the Fylde, we feel really proud to be raising much needed funds.

“We have received fantastic support from our friends & family, local businesses and employers and every minute of effort will be worth it in the end.”

Sue Kendrick, Corporate Affairs Manager at Blackpool Airport, said: “Brian House Children’s Hospice is Blackpool Airport’s nominated charity and we were delighted to support the team with a donation.

“Everyone here wishes them luck and we are looking forward to giving them a hero’s welcome when they arrive back on May 20th.”

To sponsor the team in their efforts to support this worthy cause please log onto to make a donation.

Updates on the team’s progress can be found on Blackpool Airport’s facebook page and twitter profile. To keep up to date either hit ‘like’ at or follow them on twitter by searching for @BLKAirport.

Notes to Editors:

Picture shows: Andy Charles, Lee Kelly, John Charles, Nick Perks, Rob Bennett and David Charles

Photograph and filming opportunity: Interviews can be arranged with the team on the run up to the event and they will be available for photographs / filming at 7.45am on Saturday 12th May – please contact Sue Kendrick, Corporate Affairs Manager - details below.

More information about Brian House:

Brian House is a Children’s Hospice which provides specialist palliative care for children who have life threatening, and life limiting illnesses, covering Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and is completely free of charge.

More information about Blackpool Airport:

  • Blackpool Airport is 95% owned by Regional & City Airports (Blackpool) Ltd, with the remaining 5% owned by Blackpool Borough Council. RCA acquired their interest in the airport on 8th May 2008.
  • Blackpool Airport’s airlines include: Aer Lingus, and flying scheduled routes to Alicante, Belfast, Dublin, Faro, Isle of Man, Jersey, Malaga, Murcia, Palma and Tenerife.
  • Blackpool Airport achieved the second highest overall customer score of 77% in a survey of 28 airports nationwide in a survey by Which? Travel at the end of 2011.

For further information call Susan Kendrick, Corporate Affairs Manager, Blackpool Airport on 01253 472560 or email