A group of 12 cyclists from Loughborough will take on a major two-wheeled challenge in the name of charity by cycling 900 miles from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.
The Chainsnappers Cycling Club will set off on the 12th July and aim to complete the challenge in nine days by tackling a mammoth 100 miles per day.
The group have so far raised over £5,000 in generous sponsorship to split between the Cystic Fibrosis ward at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital, Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice LOROS and Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis.
The club was formed in 2011 by a number of local cycling enthusiasts, including Andrew Steel, Alex Keeshan and Robert Powell, who all have very personal reasons for riding.
Andrew Steel, Ecommerce Director at Charles Bentley & Son, comments: “I'm raising much needed funds to support the Cystic Fibrosis ward at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital, as it supported a very dear friend, Laura Piertryx, for many years. Sadly, Laura died in March this year, aged just 38. The ward who supported her treatment continues to offer essential care for this terrible and incurable disease, so I want to raise money towards the vital day-to-day care.
“I’ve ridden over 2,000 miles since January, with a few 100-mile rides already in the legs. However, this is the toughest physical and mental challenge I have ever taken on and, if I’m honest, the thought of the challenge ahead fills me with fear.”
Alex Keeshan comments: “I first mentioned the idea of cycling to Lands’ End to John O' Groats to my cycling friends last year and since then the enthusiasm for this trip has grown.
“My father was an active man in his early 70s when he was first diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, an incurable condition causing progressive scarring of the lungs and a life span of only three to four years after diagnosis.
“This is an unsupported trip requiring us to carry all of our equipment and clothes and is a real challenge. The more we can raise towards helping to find a cure for this devastating disease will make it all worthwhile.”
Robert Powell comments: “My mother Jane died from Motor Neurone Disease in March 2018 after living with the disease for several years. She was cared for with compassion and dignity by the lovely staff at LOROS, who respected her wishes and helped her to manage her own disease and maintain independence until the end.
“LOROS is dependent on donations and provides an essential service to the people of Leicestershire and Rutland. Without it, patients like my mother would not receive such excellent palliative care.”
"This is the toughest physical and mental challenge I have ever taken on. "
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