A Preston dad has raised £3,500 for a sensory centre by cycling almost 1,000 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats.
James Deluce, of Cottam, was part of a 700-strong team organised by Threshold and supported by Deloitte.
Team members chose to support a variety of charities, including Cancer Research and Princes’s Trust.
James selected The Space Centre, in Preston, which is a sensory site supporting people with learning disabilities.
The 38-year-old said: “This initially started out as a bucket list challenge for myself.
“Once I’d secured a place I thought about raising some money and across an article in the Post about The Space Centre being the victim of a financial crime, losing quiet a lot of money.
“I went down to see what they do and was truly overwhelmed. It is a fantastic charity.
“The ride was an amazing experience. It was extremely hard even though I trained for nine months. I don’t think anything quite prepares you for riding well over a hundred miles every day for nine days.
“I had a couple of very low days which were made worse by the horrific weather we experienced. Riding into a headwind, up a Scottish mountain, in driving rain for ten hours after hardly any sleep in muddy tent, really makes you dig deep and find strength and determination you didn’t know you had.
“Fantastic team work and new friends got me through it.
“Riding through Preston on day five was amazing. Knowing I would be seeing friends and family really helped me in reaching the half-way point.
“Thinking of The Space Centre and what they do really put things in perspective. It makes you realise what other people go through and that pushes you on.
“Other motivation was what my seven-year old daughter Jasmine told me ‘if you don’t finish don’t bother coming home.’ My three children followed my progress everyday on a large map and knowing they were tracking me and willing me to succeed gave me a big boost.
“I’ve never even attempted anything like this before and I am so proud to have completed it and at the same time raised so much money for The Space Centre.”
Andrea Baker, from The Space Centre, said: “The Space Centre is very proud of James and we are very grateful and thankful of his donation.”