Posted on 12 June 2012
The latest member of staff to join the team here at the Fund is Nigel Hamilton, our Welfare and Advice Manager. On June 9th, the day after his 60th birthday, Nigel began a 750 mile cycle across France to raise money for us.
For a long time it has been one of Nigel’s ambitions to cycle across the Alps (classic Tour de France territory), and he devised a route that will help him fulfil this ambition. Starting at Caen, he will go through Normandy, the Loire, Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, before approaching the Alps themselves. Once there he will be cycling over the Cols of Telegraph, Galibier, Lautaret, Izoard and Vars before going on to tackle the highest road in Europe, the Cime de la Bonette. After this he hopes things will become a lot easier, with a day-and-a-half descent to the sea where he will end his ride, in Nice.
Nigel started his career as a Housing Adviser in the London borough of Brent and went on to manage housing advice, homelessness and housing needs for a number of London boroughs, before becoming Head of Housing in Barnet Council. He left Barnet after nine years in 2008 and worked as a freelancer with a range of voluntary sector and government organisations, specialising in housing-related support to vulnerable people. He now leads our Care and Welfare Team, which provides a response service offering musicians the help they need when they face a crisis or have to deal with the challenges of a disability or growing older.
Nigel is hoping that his ride will raise £1,000 for the Fund. If you want to help him reach this goal, you can sponsor him on his JustGiving page. To keep up-to-date with Nigel’s progress, you can follow him on his Twitter page.
We wish him the best of luck and hope he has a wonderful time.