Have bike, will still travel

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

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

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