Charity cycle challenge

PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 July 2015

Mike Day raised more than £1,000 for Weston Hospicecare.

Mike Day raised more than £1,000 for Weston Hospicecare.

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ONE man’s ‘amazing’ 962-mile cycle ride has raised more than £1,000 for Weston Hospicecare.

Mike Day, aged 59, cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and braved some testing conditions along the way, including large hills and low temperatures.

Axbridge resident Mike described the challenge as an ‘exciting prospect’.

He said: “Cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats is a challenge which I have wanted to do for several years.

“Therefore, in my 59th year, I finally decided to give it a go.”

Mike completed his journey with the help of two friends and kept a blog along the way, describing the highs and lows of his journey.

On his first day, Mike conquered tough hill climbs of 57,500ft and braved ‘extreme’ headwinds.

By day eight, Mike had reached the Scottish Highlands and was having to contend with temperatures of close to freezing.

Mike added: “I had an amazing journey though this wonderful country of ours, which is so rich in history, culture and varied landscapes.

“I am absolutely bowled over by people’s generosity.”

The amount of money raised by Mike’s efforts is enough to pay for specialist nurses to care for three patients at the hospice’s specialist inpatient unit, based in Uphill, for 24 hours.

In addition, Weston Hospicecare has also recently benefitted from a ‘generous’ donation of free advertising space from a Weston business.

Trade directory Experts On Your Doorstep donated advertising space on its back pages to the charity, which is worth around £2,000.

The directory is delivered to addresses in Weston and Cheddar, as well as any surrounding villages.

The directory’s founder Andrew Vincent said: “Our directories have been going from strength to strength and have become very popular and trusted in the communities we serve.

“We feel giving away this advertising space on our back pages is a good way to give something back to local charities like Weston Hospicecare.”

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