Rider tackles bike trek for charity
ACYCLIST who volunteered at Southport’s Revitalise Sandpipers respite holiday centre has taken on a 100-mile challenge for the charity.
Martyn Eggleton, of Sheffield, was orinally from Warrington and first spent time with the charity 25 years ago, aged 17, giving his time to support disabled people and carers enjoying short breaks at Sandpipers.
He, took on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycling challenge, for the second consecutive year, in support of Revitalise
He was determined to support the charity to help make a difference to the lives of disabled people and carers that it supports.
Martyn said: “I spent a few weeks over the years volunteering at Sandpipers, the charity’s respite holiday centre in Southport.
“They provide a real holiday experience for disabled people and carers and it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
“Still, after 25 years, I remember the smile of Mary, who I worked with during my second year.
“She had been the sole carer for her husband, who had Alzheimer’s for a long time and their visit to Sandpipers was her first break in over five years.
“I got such joy from helping them to make new, fun memories together and it was wonderful.
“I enjoyed being a part of Team Revitalise for the PrudentialRide London experience so much last year, and knew I just had to do it again this year.
“I only began riding my bicycle regularly in April last year, so to have accomplished the challenge again today is an incredible feeling.
“Most of all, I’m massively grateful to have an opportunity to once again help all those who Revitalise support and to give great holidays to those who need them.”
People still wishing to support Martyn in his challenge are welcome to make a donation by visiting his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fund raising/Martyn-Eggleton1
Martyn Eggleton finally relaxes at the postride reception at Revitalise, following his charity odyssey