£2k aim for cycle pilgrimage
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