John Thompson


Journalists Charity
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Brighton-Oslo cycle for Journalists' Charity

John Thompson

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Hello, thank you for visiting my page.

On 8 June 2012, I will embark on a solo, unsupported cycle ride of more than 850 miles from Brighton to Oslo. I am aiming to complete the journey in 11 days.

I am 50 years old, only moderately fit, and the owner of the online news site for journalists I have run this site for 14 years now and it has provided me with a reasonable (if sometimes precarious) living. Now it's time to put something back.

My plan is to cycle from Brighton, UK to Oslo, Norway and raise money for a special organisation that charitably supports what some might describe as an unpopular cause.

In these times of phonehacking, the Leveson inquiry etc, it's easy to forget all those dedicated professionals who have worked tirelessly, often for low pay, and sometimes risked their lives to cover stories that otherwise would remain hidden. The media industry can be a ruthless one at times and some of these professionals can find themselves in financial need due to bad health, redundancy or other reasons. Fortunately, a safety net does exist.

The Journalists' Charity is the leading charity for all journalists in need, always ready to help them and their dependants with advice, grants and other forms of financial assistance.

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to my nominated charity Journalists' Charity.

Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations. Please spread the word!

I hope to keep you updated on Twitter (@johncthompson).

John Thompson

Recent donors


03.07.12 Bit late, but I got there in the end......well done!

27.06.12 Hope it went well!


17.06.12 Great initiative, sporty too!


09.06.12 Good Luck

08.06.12 Good luck John, be sure to cyclesafe

08.06.12 All the best!

30.05.12 Good luck, sounds like a brilliant challenge!

29.05.12 Keep pedaling!


28.05.12 I will also be eating bonbons on behalf of all the journalists out there...

27.05.12 Good luck

25.05.12 Best of luck. Happy to support a fellow writer and cyclist.

25.05.12 Brilliant idea, best of luck to you!

25.05.12 John - A mammoth undertaking for a fantastic cause! Good luck & don't forget the Deep Heat... look forward to the tweets? Bestest, Dee xx

25.05.12 It's a bad year, so sorry for the tiny donation.


24.05.12 Good luck with the ride from The Flaneur team at @flaneurzine on Twitter


24.05.12 Great cause - good luck John.


24.05.12 Some paper round!

24.05.12 Good luck!


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