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The three Prestonians who cycled 300 miles for causes close to them

Posted on - 14th September, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News
John (left) and Rachelle and Rebecca all complete the London to Brussels cycling challenge
John (left) and Rachelle and Rebecca all complete the London to Brussels cycling challenge

Three Prestonians have completed a 300-mile cycling challenge to raise funds for causes close to their hearts.

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Fulwood grandad John Farnden completed the London to Brussels journey to raise money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

So far John has raised £600 in memory of his late son-in-law Ric Clark, who died from stomach cancer in December 2015 aged just 35.

John, who made the journey on the bike that had belonged to Ric, said: “I found it hard but I completed it, which was the main thing.”

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Meanwhile friends Rachelle Callaghan and Rebecca Hewitson took on the ride to raise funds for Preston’s Salvation Army food bank. They’ve so far received over £3,000 in donations.

Rachelle said: “Becca and I completed the bike ride – miraculously! On the second day I managed to snap a ligament in my foot, which made it slightly more difficult, but we managed it.”

The challenge went from London through Essex to Harwich, then on the overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland. From there it was on to Amsterdam, Breda and finally Brussels, meaning an average of seven hours per day in the saddle.

Read more: Penwortham man thanks Rosemere for mum’s treatment with 980-mile cycling fundraiser

To support John’s fundraising for Rosemere, visit his JustGiving page.

To donate to Rachelle and Rebecca’s fundraising for the Salvation Army food bank, visit Rachelle’s JustGiving page or Rebecca’s JustGiving page.

What do you think of John, Rachelle and Rebecca’s fundraising efforts? Let us know in the comments below.

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