I’m Vishal, and together with my wife Heeral, we are joining this exciting challenge for an incredibly worthy cause. We have two wonderful children (Veer aged 11 and Mahi aged 9), who have truly been an inspiration in our lives, and have spurred us to dust off our bikes and join the about 30 other incredible riders to embark on this four-day challenge.
For the past two decades, I have been an active investor and operator in the healthcare sector, across real estate, social care and digital ventures, with a mission to build a world to live longer, healthier, happier lives. This extends to being a Committee Member and Ambassador for Championing Social Care and Trustee of Care England, shining a spotlight on the incredible work of social care.
Since childhood we have been actively involved in community work, and as a family we have continued to support many charities in the UK, India and Africa, including the work of the British Asian Trust, Sewa International, Ekal Vidyalaya and Kalyan Ashram Trust; all providing vital support and resources to those living in rural areas, and developing long-lasting solutions for generations to come. The right to basic necessities such as clean water, food, shelter, healthcare and education are ones that we firmly believe should be inherent to all and ones that we can take for granted. Having visited many projects actively working to improve access to these, we have seen first-hand the tremendous impact that donations and support from the UK continue to have, and the incredible on-ground volunteers making this happen.
I am not one to say no to a challenge, and have had the pleasure of joining various charity challenges in the past including cycling from London to Paris, crossing the Brecon Beacons, running the London Marathon and dipping my toes in a few triathlons. ‘Palaces on Wheels’ excites me hugely, a challenging 250 mile ride across the English terrain, visiting palaces past and present over four days, all for a truly worthy cause to support the great work of the British Asian Trust. The British Asian Trust has been actively working to help empower women, provide education to the most underprivileged children and tackle some of the most challenging issues around child trafficking, abuse and mental health in South Asia, all of which have been heightened as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have all seen the devastating impact of the pandemic across South Asia, and all support through donations provides vital resources to help those most affected by this.
Please do wish us luck! All your support will help keep our legs moving, endure the hills and spur us on.
Wish us luck, as we attempt Palaces on Wheels, as we cycle from Highgrove to Sandringham via Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace in aid of the British Asian Trust from 9-13 June.
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