Group use pedalo power to raise charity funds

pedalo challenge
pedalo challenge

VOLUNTEERS from a Boston DIY store are joining colleagues from around the county to apply pedalo power and raise money for charity.

Steve Knaggs, Dick Creasey, Ketih Motley, Phil Pell and Nigel Blakey, of Homebase, will be joining organiser Steve Slater of Stamford, Gareth Wilkins, of Sleaford, and five family and friends to travel 35 miles down the River Witham from Lincoln to Boston, in a pedalo.

Mr Creasey said “It is a lot more challenging than I originally thought. It’s like pedalling a bike in 10th gear all the way and I think it’s going to be survival of the fittest on the last 10k.”

The group are raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity, which supports young people with cancer across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The crew are hoping to raise £5,000 which will help fund specialist units within hospitals that are designed to feel like a home-from-home and give young people the very best chance of a positive outcome.

Steve said: “The journey should take around 12 hours, as we average about three miles an hour, but we can only pedal for 10 minutes before we need to change over; and the changeovers are proving slightly problematic!

“Nevertheless, we’re determined to complete the challenge.”

The journey will start on Saturday.

If you would like to support the crew in their epic voyage from Lincoln to Boston, visit: www.justgiving.com/PedaloExpedition, or go along on the day and watch their journey.

Crewmate Mr Wilkins said: “Every young person battling cancer deserves to have access to a Teenage Cancer Trust unit and events like this do make a difference.

“During these difficult economice times we are asking the Lincolnshire community to help us make a difference to young people on your doorstep with cancer.”

For more information on the work of the charity visit www.teenagecancertrust.org.