Mississippi Innkeeper Preps for 1000 Mile Benefit Ride

Select Registry Innkeeper Peter Sharp of the Fairview Inn in Jackson, MS has challenged himself a more than 1,000 mile bicycle ride from the tip of England to the tip of Scotland in just 14 days. The ride, which is scheduled to begin on May 26, is to honor his son, Simon, who lost a battle with leukemia.

“Originally born in England, I thought this would be a great way to raise money for the Boy Scouts of America – Andrew Jackson Council and the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital Cancer Clinic – two organizations that meant so much to Simon, said Sharp.” “At age 55, it also is a “bucket list” accomplishment.” Sharp is blogging about his experience now through the completion of his ride at www.lejogbike.blogspot.com

“There are many facets to successfully completing an endeavor such as this”, says Sharp, “equipment, clothing, training, nutrition, safety, logistics, finances and pure determination to name a few. You also have to have the moral support of your family, friends, and those sponsoring you for the ride. You have a deep sense of commitment to those who have pledged money to the charities to make sure you succeed in the endeavor and for your own personal pride.” Sharp noted. “As an Innkeeper working long hours to please all our guests, it is a true test of organization and endurance.”

Simon lost his 15 month battle with leukemia in November 2007, just one day after being awarded the highest honor in Boy Scouts, the Eagle Scout. To meet on of the requirements for the high honor, Simon built a Veteran’s Memorial in Celebration, FL where he grew up. Peter and his wife Tamar, founded the Simon Sharp Eagle Fund to honor Simon, and have raised over $80,000 in the past five years to benefit the two charities. The fundraising goal for the ride is $30,000. Corporate and Individual Sponsorships are welcome. Sponsors can register on the blog site or contact the Inn directly. The Sharp’s will pay for all expenses associated with the ride leaving all donations to benefit the two charities.

The Sharp’s operate the Fairview Inn, member of Select Registry. The Fairview Inn has eighteen luxury rooms and suites, Sophia’s Restaurant, the Library Lounge, nomiSpa Day Spa, events facilities for weddings, corporate meetings and social gatherings, a gift shop and club. The Inn has been named the best Bed & Breakfast in Mississippi by Mississippi Magazine readers the past three years in a row. Peter sits on the Board of the Professional Association of Innkeeper’s International (PAII), Select Registry (SR), the Bed & Breakfast Association of Mississippi (BBAM), the Mississippi Tourism Association (MTA), is a Board officer at Temple Beth Israel in Jackson, and chairs the Innkeeping Foundation Board.

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