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Madrid to London by bike

16th September 2023

A 1500km bike ride from Spain to London is Bhaven’s contribution to his family’s amazing fundraising

Madrid to London by bike

Bhaven Mistry, who’s mum Daksha is a long-term supporter of Meningitis Now, will be riding from his current hometown of Madrid to London, where he and his wife are relocating to this autumn.

Instead of packing his beloved bike ‘Gonzales’ with their other worldly belongings in an aeroplane hold, Bhaven is instead going to ride his trusty steed home to the UK.

From Spain Bhaven will travel through the French Pyrenees and then up to Caen, where he’ll take a ferry to Portsmouth, ending up at the Arup offices in London where he’s continuing his work for the company.


Bhaven will start his journey on the 20th of September and aims to finish it within 20 days. The trip is much more than an exercise in keeping ‘Gonzalez’ safe though – the Mistry family have been avid fundraisers of Meningitis Now since his sister, Bhavini, died of meningitis when she was only 11 months old in 1988.

Bhaven never had the chance to meet his elder sister, but he has felt the shockwaves of her death run through his family from a young age. This year marks 35 years since Bhavini’s death and the family are once again putting their passion for stopping this terrible disease into action.

With his parents in full organisation mode for another amazing fundraiser for us in December, Bhaven wanted to show his support for all of their efforts by taking on his own epic event.

Amazing care

Bhaven says: “I’ve seen how Meningitis Now have provided amazing care and support to families who have suffered. I still carry a signs and symptoms card in my wallet from 2008!

“Our family has worked with Meningitis Now ever since Bhavini passed away. Meningitis Now does amazing work in raising awareness, providing ongoing physical and financial support to people who have suffered from meningitis.”

Bhavan will be funding his two-wheeled journey himself and so every penny he fundraises will go straight to our vital work. To support him please visit his page.