A COUPLE of Wigan colleagues peddled more than 200 miles in one day for a little girl with a heart condition.
Lee Clayton and Tony Roscoe hopped on their saddles on the longest day of the year and rode in a 204-mile round trip from Lee’s home in Poolstock, through Cumbria and Yorkshire, finishing at Tony’s home in Hindley Green.
The feat was raising money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where Lee’s niece is a long-term patient.
Rebecca Mayers has suffered with heart problems since birth and had her first surgery at just three months old.
Among a multitude of problems, Rebecca, who is now nine years old, was born with a hole in her heart and no valve connecting her heart to her lungs.
Following surgery, she had a stroke and developed problems with her bowels and has had to have continuous treatment over the years.
Lee, 39, said: “Rebecca regularly has to go to Alder Hey and her parents stay at Ronald McDonald House which provides free “home from home” accommodation for families.
“That organisation has helped Rebecca and her family so much that we just wanted to give something back to them and support them, What that little girl goes through is very tough and our long and tiring bike ride is nothing compared to what she has experienced.”
Lee and Tony, 46, set off on their cycle at around 4am hoping to make the round trip in 18 hours.
The pair were supported by their colleagues at Asda Distribution who provided food and drinks for along the way and a minibus to follow them to ensure they stayed safe throughout the trip.
Alan’s Bike Shop also donated energy drinks and clothing to the pair for their fund-raising challenge.
Lee added: “Tony and I both cycle quite a lot together and thought this sort of challenge was a bit different as it’s a long journey.
“We chose the longest day to do the event so that we could have the most daylight we could get to give us as much time as possible.
“We hope to raise around £1,000 for Ronald McDonald House and the Imagine Appeal at Alder Hey Hospital, which supports pioneering research.”
If you would like to support the event or donate to the charity, visit www.justgiving.com/Tony-Roscoe.