Handcyclist to deliver letter to Simon Cowell

Race for the disabled raising funds for Aspire and funds for five Hand-cycles for the young disabled children in Crawley. Rob Groves. SR1510982. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150526-120649001
Race for the disabled raising funds for Aspire and funds for five Hand-cycles for the young disabled children in Crawley. Rob Groves. SR1510982. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150526-120649001
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A Crawley hand-cyclist will deliver a petition with 15,000 signatures to an infamous X Factor judge.

Rob Groves will call on Simon Cowell to support his fight against dolphin slaughter on the night of the live TV talent show semi-final on October 31.

Rob, 58, of Town Mead, West Green, has urged Cowell to make good on his commitment to publicise the issue in 2014.

Simon Cowell wrote on Twitter last October: “I hope to announce a project in the near future which will bring the issues of dolphins and whales in captivity to a mass audience.”

Rob, who ran The Old Punch Bowl pub in the High Street, said he hoped Simon Cowell will make an announcement over his project live on the X factor show or meet him after.

Rob was inspired to start the campaign after he saw footage of dolphins being killed for meat in Taiji, Japan. He said: “It was horrendous. It was so barbaric and it really affected me from that point.”

Rob, who is paralysed from the waist down, will start his 40 mile ride from Crawley Cineworld to meet the celebrity at Wembley Park in London at 3pm.

Rob’s petition is a letter written by a fictional child dolphin. Visit https://www.causes.com/actions/1780973-sign-the-petition-to-simon-cowell

He was called the ‘true Terminator’ by action star Arnold Schwartzenegger for his fundraising achievements when he appeared on Surprise Surprise in July. 

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