A WHITBY man is delighted the borough is getting behind a fundraising memorial bike ride.
Russ Oldfield, 44, and his friends from Ellesmere Port and across the UK are planning to pedal all the way from Lands End to John O’Groats in June.
They have already raised more than £16,000 for the Clic Sargent charity, which supports children with cancer, with pledges but want to hit their target of £20,000.
To help them achieve this they are holding a fun quiz night at the Castrol Club in Ellesmere Port on Saturday, February 2, at 7.30pm. Entry is £3, tickets are available on the door or from the club.
Mr Oldfield said: “We have had fantastic support from people and businesses both in Ellesmere and Neston.”
As well as signed Liverpool FC and Everton footballs to be auctioned off on the night, among the 20-plus prizes to be won are free meals at the Agra Fort and Old Orleans, tickets for the Vue Cinema, a free £10 bet, bunches of flowers, wine from Frankie & Benny’s, three bottles of whiskey including one from Bargain Booze, and tickets for 10 Pin bowling. On top of this, there will be leg-waxing for men.
The Old Orleans, on Cheshire Oaks, will also do a fundraising week for the team.
Big Bill’s Bikes in Whitby Road has given them discounts on equipment and servicing.
Asda Supercentre will do a bucket collection for the riders when they stop off in the Port on June 6.
Mr Oldfield added: “My nephew Kieron Woolley in Neston will be selling cakes in school, the Brewers Arms in Neston is starting a collection this week, and Bargain Booze in Pensby and Neston have donation boxes for us. I can’t wait to see what the total raised is.”
Mr Oldfield is completing the cross-Britain trek from June 2-12 with, among others, his son Carl, 21, a Lance Corporal in the Royal Engineers, currently serving in Afghanistan, and Port friend Neil Buckley, 27, a Corporal in the 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment.
They will be in the Northern Team for this event, and Mr Oldfield’s good friend Matt Loughrey, of Kent, is looking after the Southern Team.
They will be riding in memory of Matt’s daughter Emily Rose Loughrey, who died on June 12 last year aged 22, after being diagnosed with possible bowel cancer.
Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/mattloughrey