Rider tack­les bike trek for char­ity

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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

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