In 2023 Jonny Connop is taking on a new challenge for Percy Hedley’s 70th birthday. Find out how you can help.

Space is said to start at the Kármán line which is at 328,000 feet. But Jonny Connop is aiming for infinity and beyond with his latest challenge in honour of Percy Hedley’s 70th birthday.

Challenge Details

To celebrate the Percy Hedley Foundation’s 70th birthday in 2023, Jonny is undertaking the gravity defying challenge of cycling 7000 feet a week in altitude, climbing over 364,000 feet in the year – that’s higher than the beginning of space!

Jonny is hoping to raise £7070 throughout this challenge. All proceeds will help the Percy Hedley Foundation continue to enhance the lives of disabled children, young people, and adults across the North East.

Follow Jonny along on his mission and see how he gets on throughout the year.

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Jonny's Past Challenges For Percy Hedley

  1. The Cycling Cyclone
    1st January, 2009

  2. Cyclece coast to coast
    3rd January, 2011

    Tynemouth to Whitehaven and back in 24 hours

  3. Coast to coast across America
    1st January, 2014

    Cycling from Los Angeles to New York. With the generous support of friends and family, Jonny (joined by his friend Martin) managed to raise £9500 towards equipment for the new sensory room for the children of The Percy Hedley Foundation.

  4. North coast 500
    12th June, 2016

    Cycling around the 517 miles of the Scottish North Coast 500 in 7 days from June 12th 2016. The ride began and ended in Inverness and takes in John O’Groats, Thurso, Durness, Lochinver and Gairloch. The aim was to raise £500 to add to the newly built sensory room.

  5. Cycling to Space
    1st January, 2023

    Racing to where space begins and beyond! See how Jonny gets on with his mission of cycling 7000 feet a week.

See his progress so far

Jonny documents his progress on his social media, this is through Strava updates, photos and videos.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Great North Run 2023

Get involved with #TeamPercyHedley for the Great North Run 2023.

Mini and Junior Great North Run 2023

Fun for the whole family, get the kids involved with the Mini and Junior Great North Run!

Percy Hedley Ball

The Percy Hedley Ball has established itself on the North East’s social calendar as one of the region’s premier charity events.

Student playing hoola hoop

Why Support Percy Hedley

The Percy Hedley Foundation was founded in 1953 as a school for children with Cerebral Palsy.​ When the first school opened there were only 12 students. The Foundation now supports 650 members and their families every week, supported by over 1100 staff.

For 70 years, Percy Hedley has been the leading expert in giving care, support and education to those with disabilities, and with your support we will continue to transform lives in the future.

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