Pedal power raises hun­dreds

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - KAREN BRITTON

ACYCLIST in his 70s has rid­den 2,000 miles in aid of a brain tu­mour char­ity af­ter los­ing his wife and mother to the disease.

Peter Wheel­don cy­cled from Olympus in Greece to Lon­don’s Olympic sta­dium for the Brain Tu­mour Char­ity in memory of his wife Linda and mother Bessie Wheel­don.

He started his ad­ven­ture on April 30 and reached the Olympic Sta­dium in the mid­dle of this month.

Peter, a dad of two who has three grand­chil­dren, wants to raise money to help the Brain Tu­mour Char­ity which funds re­search into the ill­ness and pro­vides sup­port for those af­fected.

The for­mer nurse and nurse tu­tor at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal, of West Bond Street, said: “Brain tu­mours are a dev­as­tat­ing and of­ten hid­den disease which are very of­ten in­op­er­a­ble and ter­mi­nal.

Un­for­tu­nately my fam­ily has suf­fered this both with my wife, Linda and mum Bessie, who both died young as a re­sult of brain tu­mours.

“I have been lucky to do sev­eral rides for the Brian Tu­mour Char­ity, the UK’s lead­ing char­ity for this work.

“Mem­o­ries of my fam­ily spur me along through these rides, even climb­ing the 2,000m Col De Mad­de­lena in the Alps.

“I want to help raise vi­tal funds for their re­search ded­i­cated to fight­ing this dev­as­tat­ing con­di­tion and sup­port­ing the fam­i­lies.

“I am very grate­ful for all the sup­port I have had on my trip, es­pe­cially my friends Julie and Tony who have sup­ported me all the way. Also to all the friendly peo­ple I have met along the way.”

Mac­cles­field born Peter, who plays the trom­bone in Moss Rose Com­mu­nity Band, was sup­ported by friends who met up with him at the end of each day at camp­sites with their camper van, where they cooked for him and set him up for an­other day in the sad­dle.

Peter cy­cled more than 1,700 miles and climbed more than 15,700m – the equiv­a­lent of nearly two Ever­est moun­tains – from Greece, along the Adri­atic coast of Italy and over the Alps into France in a month.

Chal­leng­ing climbs in­cluded Col De Ca­ble near Gap which is 1,200m, twice the height of the Cat and Fid­dle, and other climbs used by the Tour De France.

Peter has had a few ad­ven­tures on his way, from the chal­lenges of navigating un­known roads with the help of his sat­nav to be­ing of­fered a lift by French chil­dren on their way to school in the school bus.

He has smashed his fundrais­ing tar­get of £975 and has so far raised £1,400.

Go to justgiv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/PeterWheel­don.

●● De­lighted Ash Grove Academy stu­dent Chloe Rowe with her bag de­sign, teacher June Wil­liams and Tesco Metro store man­ager Noel Richard­son

●● Peter Wheel­don cy­cled from Olympus in Greece to Lon­don’s Olympic sta­dium in aid of the Brain Tu­mour Char­ity

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