Ribble Valley pair’s Scottish islands bike ride for charity

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After cycling almost 4,500 miles around the entire coast of Great Britain last year and raising more than £30,000 for Cancer Research UK, local estate agent and charity fund-raiser Bill Honeywell is about to embark on another charity ride.

On April 28th, together with fellow Rotarian and keen cyclist Richard Dugdale, of Clitheroe, Bill will start a four-week tour of all the accessible islands off the west coast of Scotland, from Arran to the Outer Hebrides.

Although Bill plans to cycle less than a quarter of last year’s distance, the ride is still quite a challenge, as everything for the four-week tour will have to be carried in panniers, and the logistics of planning a route to fit in with the ferry timetables have been quite a headache!

With 43 islands to visit, and time and tide waiting for no man, the pair will have to keep up quite a gruelling schedule and are hoping that the weather will be kinder than it was last year! Once again Bill will try to keep his popular online blog – at www.billhoneywell.blogspot.com – updated as often as possible.

Half the overnight accommodation has been found through friends, friends of friends, and islanders who have heard of Bill via the internet and Twitter, and come forward to offer a bed for the night. The remaining nights will be spent at hostels or local B&Bs.

Bill said: “It feels good to be doing another long tour again, and I’m hoping the Western Isles will be stunning during May.

“People from all over the Ribble Valley and beyond have been very generous in the past, and I hope that once again I will be able to put something back and make a difference to the work done by two excellent charities.”

Richard added: “I thought it would be a good idea to ride with Bill on this tour, just to keep an eye on him and try and prevent any further incidents like when a tree fell on his motorhome last year!”

Bill, who has twice recovered from cancer himself, will once again be raising funds for Cancer Research UK via his JustGiving site at www.justgiving.com/bill-honeywell.

Local donations can also be earmarked for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation if wished.

You can follow the pair’s progress via Twitter, where Bill is @CancerBike Man.