Fundraising on a bicycle made for four

MacMillan
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The wheels are in motion for a group of fundraisers who plan to pedal 150 miles in one day on a ‘quadricycle.’

The team, from Mercedes-Benz Aftersales Department in Boston, came up with the unusual ‘bicycle-made-for-four’ to raise money 
for Macmillan Cancer Research.

Service team manager Paul Bourne said: “A few years ago we arranged a car push when we pushed an A-class Mercedes in nine hours from Lincoln to Boston for Macmillan so we wanted to do something again. I lost my dad to cancer and others have lost people too so we wanted to support the charity.

“We will be cycling from Boston to Lincoln to Grimsby and then back to Boston. We hope to visit Skegness on the route and pop round Butlins as they have helped us.”

The team has dubbed the challenge the ‘Merc-Millan’ and used trial and error to come up with the bike - using frames donated from Butlins’ four-pedal fun-bikes, parts of tandem bikes, BMX wheels and hydraulic brakes.

Paul said: “We’ve taken it out for a bit of a test ride but need to make sure it will survive the distance and the corners before painting it in the Macmillan colours and taking it on the road.

“We’ll be taking turns to pedal the distance with four on the bike at a time. The idea is to keep going.”

It’s hoped the mission will raise £10,000 for Macmillan and they’re already half-way over their target with kind donations from businesses and people.

The ride takes place on July 11 with the team setting off from Boston at 5am. They will finish at the Pilgrim Lounge, at Boston United Football Club with a disco, band and raffle.

The bike will be on show in Pescod Square, Boston, on April 25.