Alan Withers

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A cyclist is taking on a 1,000 mile challenge to raise money for a local hospice. Alan Withers, from Whittington, will take on the Land’s End to John O’Groats ride in memory of his father, Douglas, who was cared for at St Giles Hospice in 2009.
Alan Withers
The ride will take two weeks and see the 51-year-old ride alongside 23 other cyclists. “There’s no denying it’s going to be a tough trip with some very long days in the saddle, but St Giles is a fantastic cause and I am really pleased to support them,” he said. “The nursing team were there for dad when he had cancer, helping to control his symptoms and caring for him at the end of his life. “The support they provided to our family was amazing and I wanted to do something to raise funds and awareness for St Giles and this was the perfect option.” Alan has been training with a team from Pedal Station in Lichfield to get him fit for his mammoth trip and came along to the summer fair to raise awareness of his fundraising journey, cycling throughout on a stationary bike. St Giles regional fundraiser Bethany Richardson said everyone at the hospice would be cheering Alan on. “It’s an absolutely huge challenge to take on and we are incredibly pleased that Alan is tackling it on behalf of the hospice,” she said. “We all wish him the best of luck and will be looking forward to hearing his updates throughout.” People can sponsor Alan at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alan-withers2.

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