Courageous cyclists set off from a Lancashire landmark

CHARITY: Mayor Susie Charles

CHARITY: Mayor Susie Charles

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A convoy of courageous cyclists will set off on a special coast to coast challenge from a Lancashire landmark on Bank Holiday Monday.

Councillor Susie Charles, Mayor of the City of Lancaster, will be sending off a group of injured ex-servicemen from the Eric Morecambe statue in Morecambe Bay at 9am on April 6 as they start an incredible three day cycling challenge, travelling from the west coast to the east coast of England to raise vital funds for Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.

The team, two of whom will be completing the 140 mile challenge on hand-bikes, are aiming to raise £10,000 for Blesma, was formed in the years following the First World War and became a national charity in 1932.

Ride coordinator, Jonathan Bell, said: “This is about Blesma Members putting something back in - it’s as simple as that.

“We want to make sure more injured guys have the opportunities that we’ve had by raising as much money as possible for this fantastic charity that has helped us so much.”

Between them, the team have already collected £4,500 but are determined to raise as much as possible.

Barry Le Grys, Chief Executive of Blesma says: “Jonathan and his fellows wish to put ‘something back in’ – this is the fellowship that Blesma is.

“It is positive, it inspires, it lifts up those who are down, it looks forward to independent and fulfilling lives.”