AN ex-pat from Preston will travel 15,000 miles from Australia back to the city to take part in the St Catherine’s Hospice Big Charity Bike Ride.
Paul Hindle will join his brother Stephen and nephew Kyle for the event on May 17, when they will take to two wheels for a 50-mile ride.
Stephen and Kyle, 23, were keen to sign up and support the hospice after Stephen’s father-in-law and Kyle’s grandfather Harry Ronson was cared for at St Catherine’s.
Last year Stephen’s sister Julie Hindle was looked after at Trinity Hospice in Blackpool, which re-enforced to them how important hospices are.
When Paul, 50, heard about the challenge all the way over in Perth, he decided he didn’t want to miss out.
Paul, whose work for Scania took him Down Under three years ago, said: “When Kyle told me what they were planning I knew I wanted to be part of it. The support hospices have given to our family has been incredible and this is our way of giving something back.
“I’ll be arriving on May 13 which gives me a few days to get over the jetlag. It will be fantastic to get out in the Lancashire countryside again during the bike ride - it’s certainly a very different landscape to the one where I live now.”
Stephen, 51 and from Grimsnargh, added: “The care St Catherine’s gave to Harry was wonderful and we’ve done various things over the years to raise funds - including my daughter who hand-made Christmas cards to sell in aid of the hospice.
“When Julie, my sister, was looked after at Trinity Hospice last year it brought it all to the forefront again. It was important for us to do something to acknowledge that. As St Catherine’s is our local hospice, and we’re all interested in cycling, the Big Charity Bike Ride was the obvious choice.”
To register call 01772 629171.