Charity Cyclist Presented the Guy Mason Award
At the annual Friends Day held in London at The Connection on Saturday 25 th September
Keith Busfield was presented with the Guy Mason Award by Charles Woodd, Chair of the
Friends of the Connection. The Connection at St Martin’s is at the heart of the London’s
response to homelessness. About 1 in 13 of everyone forced to sleep rough in England is
found in Westminster, more than any other local authority.
Margaret Beels, Deputy Chair, explained: “The award is in memory of Guy Mason, son of
long-standing Friends of The Connection Ken and Hazel Mason, who died homeless in New
York. It is awarded every year to a volunteer who has made a particularly significant
contribution to the Friends. This year’s Award recognises the amazing work on press and
social media publicity for the Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride.”
This August Bank Holiday 32 cyclists raised over £30,000 in aid of the homeless in London
and the work of The Connection at St Martin in-the-Fields. The 200 mile route retraced the
path taken in 1290 by King Edward 1 st in taking his wife’s body back from Harby, just outside
Lincoln, to Westminster Abbey – A grand total of 200 miles. Everywhere the cortege stopped
overnight the King had a cross built to provide a focus for prayers for his wife, Queen
Eleanor of Castile.
Keith Busfield from Stamford first joined the ride over 10 years ago, since when it’s grown
year by year. He said: “I once hit a "bump in the road" of life – out of a job and desperately
looking for somewhere to stay. Someone close to me said "there's always The Connection".
Thankfully things turned themselves around and life moved ahead positively. I was
genuinely lucky. That’s why I’m raising money to assist the homeless”
In accepting the Award Keith said: “I am humbled to be presented the Guy Mason Award.
Guy died a homeless, broken alcoholic in New York. To meet his parents, Ken and Hazel, was
something special. Guy’s life literally changed with the toss of a coin.”
Ken Mason meanwhile has set his own fundraising challenge – a ride to nowhere for those
with nowhere to live. Or the Tour de Ken!
Aged 84, he’s recently survived a heart attack, his knees and hips are spent, and he’s not in
the best of shape. He has embarked on a year-long fundraising project in aid of homeless
clients. Ken was looking to raise funds by cycling over 2,000 miles this year using his
stationary Peloton bicycle in his back bedroom! His new revised goal now is to reach 3,650
miles, within 12 months, having started on April 1 st .
Ken says modestly: “I’ve done my fair share of walking over the years including winning the
National London to Brighton race-walking competition and becoming a member of the
Centurions for athletes able to race-walk 100 miles in under 24 hours.”
He adds though: “Never before has anyone biked so far and not left the spare bedroom!”
His ride is in memory of his son, Guy, who once worked in the Twin Towers. In terms of his
efforts Ken says: “Knowing that your kind contributions will help the homeless of London is
If you would like to support Ken’s efforts, please donate at his Virgin Giving Page
For more information on the Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride visit
For more information concerning this press release contact Keith Busfield on 07568 707089 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Charles Woodd Chair of the Friends of The Connection at
email@example.com or on 07962 213494.