Photo: Fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society
Coastbusters – The Recycled Husbands do Whitby to Southport
Southport resident Amanda Owen spoke to OTSNews.co.uk news this week as her and husband husband Lee are preparing for a 158 mile bike ride from Whitby to Southport for the Alzheimers Society which will take place next May.
Amanda said: “I am an ambulance technician, based at Southport Fire and Ambulance station and my husband, Lee, is a British Transport Police officer working out of Wigan. In the last twelve months, my uncle and Lee’s grandmother have both been diagnosed with Alzheimers disease. Feeling helpless, we wanted to do something to raise awareness and some much needed funding to help towards research.”
“Lee is a keen cyclist and came up with the idea of doing a sponsored bike ride. He chose Whitby as a starting point, with the intention of making it a coast to coast event, finishing at Southport, with a fundraising evening planned for the following weekend. The ride will start at 6.00am on Weds 31st May 2017 with an approximate finishing time for 9.00pm the same day.”
“We rallied round friends and family and have five riders taking part. Serving police officers, ambulance staff and retired royal marines personnel. We were playing about with advertising the event and came up with a name for the group “Recycled Husbands” – as all riders have been engaged or married more than once.”
“I have taken over the admin and advertising for the event, and Lee has agreed that this should be the first in a series of fund raising events for charities close to our hearts.
So the Recycled Husbands Cycling Club has been born, and lots of local charities will benefit from the guys taking part in extreme cycling activities.”
“We would like to finish the event at Ocean Plaza, and will need the support from local businesses with refreshments at the finishing line, sponsorship through advertising / tee-shirt printing, donations and (hopefully) some overnight accommodation for the riders before making the journey home, after riding for up to 15 hours.”
“This event is taking place in May next year, and we would ask you if it’s ok, for you to cover the event planning and updates intermittently through the year, to keep it in people’s minds.”
“Our target is £5000.”