26th June 2014 – Cyclists take on the Alps to raise money for hospital

Posted on June 27, 2014 by AireAdmin

A group of four cyclists and their support team will be taking on the Alps in a bid to raise £10,000 for charity, including Airedale Hospital’s Endoscopy Appeal.

Christa Baldwin, 34, Kevin Wharton, 60, Ray Cryer, who at the time of the ride will be 66, and Kevin Owens, 60, will begin the cycle challenge in August this year, cycling 1,2000 miles, climbing 50,000 feet and taking in 12 iconic Tour de France ascents along the way.

Kevin Wharton, a member of Skipton Rotary Club, said “Like many other people I have lost family and friends to cancer, for many early diagnosis would have given them a better chance of survival. Airedale’s endoscopy unit provides the opportunity for early diagnosis for many life threatening conditions.”

The ‘Grand Depart’ will take place from a small village called Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in Provence. From here the group will cycle through France, finishing in Zeebrugge, in Belgium, before taking the overnight ferry to Hull and finally finishing their tour at Airedale Hospital on Saturday 23 August where they will be met by friends, family and members of staff.

Christa Baldwin, aged 33, is cycling in memory of her mum, who sadly passed away after a late diagnosis of cancer. Christa said “Being a primary school teacher I was to inspire the children I teach as well as other female cyclists. I am cycling for Airedale’s endoscopy unit as it helps with the early diagnosis of many illnesses including cancer, which is particularly poignant for me.”

The group are all keen cyclists, with two of the four having cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money, but have never taken on a challenge as big as this before and are current hard at work training.

Other charities the team are supporting are Breast Cancer Care, the Army Benevolent Fund soldiers’ charity and the Rotary Foundation.

If you would like to support the team with their fundraising efforts cycling the Alps please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=legrandvelo.info&faId=439952&isTeam=trueor visit www.legrandvelo.info or contact mo@legrandvelo.info.