Has­san’s cy­cle trek is thanks to res­cuers

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

ACYCLIST rode the length of Ire­land to raise £3,000 to thank a moun­tain res­cue team which came to his aid on a treach­er­ous hike.

Has­san Pil­lai, 69, from Mac­cles­field, has been part of a 600 mile cy­cle from Mizen Head in the south to Malin Head in the north of Ire­land.

He was rais­ing money for the Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue Team. The Mizen to Malin route is the Ir­ish equiv­a­lent of Land’s End to John O’Groats, but fol­low­ing the west coast of Ire­land.

Has­san wanted to give back to the moun­tain res­cue team who helped him in 2014 when he and a friend got lost in the mist while walk­ing on Kinder Scout.

Has­san and his friend were found be­tween Kinder Low and Edale Rocks and es­corted off the moor by the team.

Has­san, who is re­tired from Bar­clays Bank and mar­ried to Anne, said: “What a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence it has been. I re­ally rec­om­mend the route and Ire­land’s wild At­lantic coast­line. We cov­ered 651 miles over the 12 days and I tell you Ir­ish roads, even the out-of-the-way tracks, are won­der­ful.

“So, with an av­er­age of around 55 miles per day, we climbed some very steep hills and moun­tains, had a punc­ture, had a swim in the cold At­lantic and took lots of pic­tures. The weather was change­able, in­clud­ing some pretty ex­treme stuff, get- ting fit­ter by the day once I warmed up.

“I am very pleased to say that the Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue Team will ben­e­fit with over £3,000. I wanted to do some­thing for the team be­cause they helped me and my friend when we got into trou­ble on a walk. The team was fab­u­lous. This is my way of say­ing thanks.”

Has­san has vis­ited the team at its Dove Holes base to give his do­na­tion.

Richard Do­ran, team chair­man, pre­sented Has­san with a framed cer­tifi­cate in recog­ni­tion of his hard work. Fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, Has­san told some of the sto­ries from his trip.

Richard said: “Has­san first be­came con­nected to the team fol­low­ing a mis- ad­ven­ture on Kinder Scout in March 2014 and al­ways wanted to do some­thing to re­pay for call­ing the team out on a foggy night.

“He has cer­tainly done that and his mag­nif­i­cent £3,000 spon­sor­ship money will be put aside ready to help fi­nance the pur­chase of new ra­dios later in the year when a forced change of fre­quency will in­volve a big ex­pen­di­ture.”

Bux­ton moun­tain res­cue team chair­man, Richard Do­ran, presents Has­san Pil­lai with a framed Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion in recog­ni­tion of his hard work

‘Leek United’s branch man­ager Veron­ica McNeil (fourth from left) wel­comes the re­lay team to the town. From left are: Gemma Cal­lear, Si­mon Round, Pe­ter Ex­cell, Will Roberts, Louise Poole, Jo Cordall and Kevin Wil­son.

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