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Penwortham man tackles 113-mile cycling challenge for local neonatal charity

Posted on - 5th September, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Health, Penwortham, People, Preston News, Sport
David Rose is preparing to take on the Fred Whitton Challenge
David Rose is preparing to take on the Fred Whitton Challenge

Penwortham resident David Rose is set to take on one of the country’s most difficult cycling challenges to raise money for neonatal charity Baby Beat.

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The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 113-mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in the climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Harknott, Wrynose and Blea Tarn passes.

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While the official Fred Whitton Challenge event has been cancelled for 2020, David and 10 of his friends will be taking on the challenge and asking for donations to help him reach his target of £2,500 for the charity.

David, will be taking on the challenge on Saturday 12 September in memory of Harper Barden, the daughter of friends Mark and Amy Barden who sadly passed away.

Afiyah Master from Preston has a video message recorded by staff to be sent to her family Pic: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Afiyah Master from Preston has a video message recorded by staff to be sent to her family Pic: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

David said: “I am no stranger to a difficult challenge in the name of a good cause, and I am really looking forward to this one.

“I recently managed to raise £3,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing the Everest Challenge on the stairs, and I am hoping to see the same success for this one, so that I can show my continued support for the NHS.

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“My friend Mark pointed me in the direction of Baby Beat, and I will be completing the challenge in honour of his daughter Harper, who we sadly lost.

“I’d be really grateful to anyone who could show some support, even in small amounts. Thank you!”

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Cathy Skidmore, Temporary Manager at Baby Beat, said: “This is such a big event, and one that we definitely don’t envy David for tackling.

“We are so grateful to him and to all of his friends participating for their support, as any funds raised will go a long way to improving things for mothers and babies on our maternity units.”

To make a donation, visit David’s JustGiving page.

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