Cyclists to go length of GB for children’s charities

Lee Campion, Andy Ferguson, Gavin Field, Carl Everitt, Ben Watts with bike,  Jack Watts, Andrew Slack, Laura Honeywell and Neil Strutt

Lee Campion, Andy Ferguson, Gavin Field, Carl Everitt, Ben Watts with bike, Jack Watts, Andrew Slack, Laura Honeywell and Neil Strutt

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Nine amateur cyclists are to pedal the length of the country to raise £10,000 for sick children in our region.

The Kettering pedallers are to cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End in aid of the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Kettering Hospital as well as Tommy’s, a charity fighting miscarriages and stillbirths.

The group is setting off on Saturday, May 18, with 881 miles to cover in nine days.

The money is being raised for the SCBU because children of Ben Watts, who is one of the nine, both needed treatment there at a young age. Connor and Darcey were both helped by the unit.

Laura Honeywell, the only woman in the group, said the poor weather had meant their training had been hampered.

She said: “It will be an amazing thing to do. It’s a massive challenge – I don’t know if anything can prepare us.”

The group’s next fundraising event is a family fun day at the Ise Lodge Community Centre from 2pm on Sunday, April 14. They have thanked all who have donated, including C&D Cycles in Kettering, who have given discounted equipment.

Sponsor forms are available in C&D Cycles and in Flair by Sue, hairdressing salon on Oundle Road, Thrapston.

You can also sponsor the group by clicking here. You can also visit their Facebook page.