Have bike, will still travel
COURAGEOUS Iona Coltman decided to get on her bike to raise funds for East Cheshire Hospice after injury forced her to abandon a Pennine Way walk.
Iona had only completed the first 20 miles of the two-week hike from the Scottish Borders to Edale, Derbyshire, when she suffered a neck problem.
The 18-year-old was in severe pain and losing consciousness on a foggy mountain side when she reluctantly decided to give up. A condition which affected her as a youngster had flared up.
However, after a few days recuperating at home in Tideswell she decided instead to undertake a 200-mile cycle through Derbyshire to fulfil her aim of raising £550.
Thankfully, the bike ride put no strain on Iona’s neck and she was joined by brother Stuart and friend Tom Wilson who had also been on the hike.
They were determined to fulfil their aim to raise £550 for the hospice which cared for Iona’s cousin Paul Quigley, from Bollington, who died in 2015 following a brain tumour.
Iona, a member of Macclesfield Harriers, said: “Unfortunately, I discovered my neck is still fragile from a long-standing condition and it wouldn’t have been safe to carry on.
“I’ve never been in so much pain and it was upsetting to have to give up.
“Thankfully, cycling put no strain on my neck so we decided to do a different challenge because we were all determined to help the hospice which took great care of Paul.
“I wanted to give something back and I know how much the charity relies on donations to provide end-of-life care.”
As soon as she had got off her bike, Iona went for a photo shoot for her portfolio as she looks for work after leaving school.
To donate go to justgiving.com/ fundraising/ionasiobhan-coltman.
Ben McDermott (centre) with classmates Jacob Moores (left) and Jack Nadin. Back (from left) Jill Harding, Hep Ramage and Sarah Dale
From left: Tom Wilson, Iona Coltman and her brother Stuart