New Longton man to cycle across Cuba for Galloway's Society for the Blind

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A thrill seeker is planning one more challenge to support Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

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Peter Boulton, from New Longton, has raised more than £40,000 for the sight loss charity over the last 10 years and had completed what he thought would be his final overseas challenge last autumn, by cycling across Rajasthan in India.

But now the 65-year-old wants to do one more big fund-raiser to reach £50,000 - this time cycling across Cuba in October.

Peter’s previous overseas challenges have included a dog sled across Lapland, Everest Base Camp, cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia and climbing Kilimanjaro.

Peter, a truck driver, said: “It’s been a wonderful experience in taking on these challenges for Galloway’s over the past five years. “The best bit it knowing just how much of a difference I have enabled Galloway’s to make for local people living with sight loss.

“I turned 65 last year, and I’ve decided that this will be my last charity challenge so to get the fund-raising to £50,000 would be a wonderful way to finish.

“It gives me immense pride to support a local charity doing such amazing work. I have had the privilege of seeing first-hand the difference Galloway’s makes to people’s lives and I am glad I have played a small part in making that possible. Any support you can offer to my fund-raising will spur me on during the most challenging parts of my Cuba cycle ride.”

To help boost funds, Peter is hosting a bingo night which will include a raffle on Friday October 26 at Longton VM Bowling Club.

To find out more call Peter on 07752695312 or Val on 01772 612786.

Emma Russ, fund-raising manager at Galloway’s, said: “The efforts Peter has gone to during the last 10 years is just inspiring.

“Galloway’s supports more than 7,000 blind and partially sighted people each year through a variety of services to ensure that nobody has to face sight loss alone across Lancashire. The money Peter has raised has made a life changing difference to people facing the challenges that sight loss can bring. I am delighted Peter has taken the decision to take on one more final challenge, it’s been a pleasure to work with him and I am glad we can continue to support his inspiring efforts.”

To find out more about the work of Galloway’s, taking on challenges for Galloway’s or how to support Peter’s efforts, please call Emma on 01772 744148 or email emma.russ@galloways.org.uk.

Lancashire Post and Galloway’s have joined forces for an appeal - Gallowheels - to raise £50,000 for a new minibus.

To make a donation visit http://www.galloways.org.uk/gallowheels; Call: 01772 744148 Text: GALL25 £amount, £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10, to 70070 or send a cheque payable to Galloway’s to: Galloway’s Society for the Blind, Howick House, Howick Park Avenue, Penwortham, PR1 0LS.