£2k aim for cy­cle pil­grim­age

Accrington Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

THREE in­trepid cy­clists are aim­ing to raise £2,000 after rid­ing from Ac­cring­ton to Lour­des for three good causes.

Eric Parr, Clive Yates and Adam Bam­ber set off on the 900-mile char­ity chal­lenge on Au­gust 25 and re­turned home last weekend.

En route they over­came sev­eral ob­sta­cles in­clud­ing fail­ing gears and jammed brakes to reach the town in the foothills of the Pyre­nees, which is a ma­jor Catholic pil­grim­age site.

Eric, 59, Clive, 58, and Adam, 29, all from the Oswaldtwistle and Ac­cring­ton ar­eas, have raised al­most £2,000 for CLIC Sar­gent, Mary’s Meals and the Lour­des fund.

They set off from Ac­cring­ton Town Hall, where they were seen off by dis­abled cam­paigner Zack Kerr, who pre­vi­ously ben­e­fited from a week in Lour­des after fundrais­ing by St Mary’s Church. Clive and Eric run the church’s parish cen­tre.

Eric said there were a few hitches along the way, in­clud­ing un­pleas­ant weather when they got to France, but they suf­fered no in­juries – other than his “bruised back­side”.

They are still col­lect­ing spon­sor­ship at www. justgiv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/cy­cle­lan­cashire2lour­des

From left: Clive Yates, Adam Bam­ber and Eric Parr ready for the off out­side Ac­cring­ton Town Hall

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