Fr Michael White, parish priest at St John the Baptist, and Sacred Heart, in Tamworth, is about to embark on a 300-mile ride to Ireland.

He is part of a 30-strong team raising funds for homeless people and those suffering with their mental health in aid of The Christy Lambe Foundation.

The Foundation was launched following the death of Christy Lambe, aged 30, from Birmingham, who died on 9 July 2022.

The family company, M Lambe Construction, are supporters of Tabor Living - Birmingham’s 24/7 homeless project - with generous monthly donations and membership of the Tabor Board.  

Fr Michael was also the celebrant at Christy’s Funeral Mass.

The Cycle for Christy team, which includes many riders from the construction sector, sets off from Birmingham on Saturday 6 July and is aiming to raise £50,000.

“I admire the aims of the charity – both supporting mental health work and those who are homeless,” said Fr Michael.  “I know some of the people running the Foundation and feel that a Church connection is a way to bring something spiritual and hopeful into this event.

“It is wonderful to see the generosity of companies and people working in the business world helping people who are suffering. They are doing God’s work and it’s a privilege to be a part of it.”

Fr Michael is a keen cyclist and uses his bike to get around as much as possible. He ‘trains’ on Sunday afternoons and Mondays - maybe 40-60 miles per ride. 

He has also organised six rides at home and abroad for Alton Castle for 60-80 riders. These have been off road so not as far each day but just as hard!

The bike ride will take place over four days, concluding at Clonaslee in Ireland, the family's home village where Christy is buried.

Support Fr Michael on the Cycle for Christy