TWO Spalding cyclists are gearing up for a 400-mile challenge in four days to raise vital funds for Parkinson’s UK.
Tim Langford (46) and Chris Peel (41) will clock up the miles around Northern Ireland in memory of Tim’s father-in-law Jim Rutledge who died, aged 77, as a result of the disease just before Christmas.
Their ride will start from Jim’s home in Belfast on June 2 and pass by his childhood home in County Monaghan before finishing on June 5 back in Belfast.
Tim said: “Jim was an inspiration and a pleasure to know. He rarely complained so it usually wasn’t obvious how much he suffered.
“However, having Parkinson’s was very tough on him and slowly affected him more and more.
“If we can help others in a small way by raising money and awareness of Parkinson’s in his memory we are more than happy to do so.”
The ride is the pinnacle of a year of fundraising by the duo, who started in February with a leg wax and in March completed a static cycle ride at Crowland Garden Centre,
They are hoping their year-long effort will bring in more than £5,000 and are already well on their way to that target having reached more than £3,100.
Their determination has been praised by Paul Jackson-Clark, director of fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Tim and Chris for their support.
“As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever, but our work is totally dependent on donations.”
To support Tim and Chris, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/pedal4parkinsons.