Pensioners raise £2k with epic cycle ride

At the start of the ride, from left to right, Des Harwood, Anne Harwood, Eve Butterfield and Peter Butterfield.
At the start of the ride, from left to right, Des Harwood, Anne Harwood, Eve Butterfield and Peter Butterfield.

Four pensioners from Hurst Green, with a combined age of 290, have raised almost £2,000 for charity on a cross country cycle ride.

Peter and Eve Butterfield and Des and Anne Harwood cycled a total of 215 miles from the Irish sea coast at Southport to Hornsea on the North Sea coast in Yorkshire.

With the cheque at the end of the ride, from left to right, Peter Butterfield, Eve Butterfield, Anne Harwood and Des Harwood.

With the cheque at the end of the ride, from left to right, Peter Butterfield, Eve Butterfield, Anne Harwood and Des Harwood.

During the ride they had to ascend a total of 8,000 feet, including the Woodhead pass across the top of the Pennines.

“It was enjoyable, but tough in parts, particularly the Woodhead Pass which we had to tackle on one of the few hot days of the year,” said Peter.

“We didn’t realise it would be quite so up-hill-and-down-dale approaching the pass and as we were carrying all our own gear the bikes were heavy.

“Eve has said that it was a once-in-a-lifetime-experience – meaning that she will never, ever do it again.

“But we raised nearly £2,000 for the 20th Anniversary Appeal by Rosemere Hospice in Preston which is aiming to raise £1.5million for three ground breaking projects to help the regional cancer centre at Royal Preston Hospital provide the best possible care for cancer patients throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria.”

He added: “It was worth a sore bum or two for such a good cause and we are grateful to all our wonderful friends who helped us raise so much money.”