A BICKERTON man is saddling up for the bike ride of his life.
Paul Jones, 43, will set off on a nine-day cycle challenge from John O’Groats to Land’s End on June 11 as part of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain 2011, averaging about 130 miles per day, to raise money for the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust.
It won’t be an easy task, but throughout the gruelling challenge, Paul will have two special people on his mind.
“I’m doing it in memory of a very good school friend, Ian Roberts, and for Fergus Hunter, an eight-year-old little boy who went to my daughters’ school, who both died of brain tumours,” said Paul, of Wrexham Road.
“Ian was someone I went through secondary school with and though we drifted apart a bit as adults, he was always still Ian when we met up – it was like those years apart had never happened. He died last November, leaving his wife Sarah and two young children.”
Paul is hoping to raise as much sponsorship money as he can to support the Trust, and his wife Judith is also helping out, by holding a jumble sale at Bickerton Village Hall on May 14 at 10.30am.
Cakes, second-hand clothes, toys and books will be on sale, will all proceeds going toward the Trust.
Local supporters have donated pub vouchers to the sale, and a family membership pass for the Cheshire Polo Club will also be up for grabs.
“We’re trying to do all we can to raise a good sum of money for the memories of Ian and Fergus,” added Paul.
If you would like to donate toward Paul’s bike ride, visit www.justgiving.com/Paul-JonesRAB2011.