Roy saddles up for children’s charity

Tue 5th February 2019 2.55PM

Roy saddles up for children’s charity
KIND-hearted Roy Price, aged 51, is riding a bicycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) in May this year to raise money for Northwich charity The Joshua Tree which supports families living with the life-changing experience of childhood cancer.

Roy’s fundraisers started in memory of his wife - Ruth Price - who passed away in February last year from secondary breast cancer. Over the past 12 months Roy, along with friends and supporters, have already raised over £8,500 for local charities via wheelbarrow pushes, a garden party, a charity night, a tombola and a raffle.

LEJOG is a classic challenge ride of 900 miles that will take Roy from the tip of Cornwall, through some of the most scenic areas of the United Kingdom, to the very top of the Scottish mainland. Roy hopes to complete the challenge in nine days, which will require him to cycle an average of 100 miles each day.

Roy, from Crewe, will be supported by Rob Simpson from Simpson & Edge Garage in Nantwich as his support van and support crew.

Roy is self-funding the ride and has recently purchased a brand-new bicycle for the training and for LEJOG.

He said: “My latest fundraising challenge will see me cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. I’ve recently started my first rides as it’s been over 31 years since I rode a racing style bicycle!

“I aim to complete LEJOG in nine days, but most people take fourteen days to cover the distance, so it will be even more challenging. I’m hoping that people will support me by means of sponsorship - their donations will really make a difference to the support that The Joshua Tree can offer to the young cancer patients and their families. I would also really appreciate any support in relation to additional cycling kit.”

Pippa Watson-Peck, Communications & Fundraising Manager at The Joshua Tree, said: “We are immensely touched to be chosen as the charity benefiting from such an incredible achievement by Roy. Such an astonishing challenge to embark upon and to do it in aid of the families we support is incredible.

“It also comes at a very exciting time for the charity as we embark upon the development of a new purpose-built support centre in Sandiway, Cheshire. The support centre, to be completed towards the end of this year, will continue to provide free practical, emotional and social support to children with cancers and their family and friends helping to ensure that life remains as normal as possible during an incredibly traumatic time.”

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