Father and son’s 300-mile bike ride raises over £4,500

By Caleb Spencer in Charity

A PENGLAIS School pupil and his dad were doing “very well” as they approached the end of their more than 300-mile cycle ride for charity last week.

George Pitcher, 13, and his dad Mike, set off on their epic journey from Aberystwyth Pier on Saturday, 8 April, and finished up at Southwold Pier, Suffolk, a week later on Saturday.

George and Mike’s challenge is part of a bigger fundraising effort being organised by George’s auntie Suzy and her friend Debbie, who will be cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in June.

The father-and-son duo are raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Ellen McArthur Trust, both charities which support young people who have been affected by cancer, a cause close to George and Mike’s heart.

George’s cousin was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma – cancer of the femur – two-and-a-half years ago, and went on to endure 12 months of aggressive chemotherapy and debilitating operations.

Speaking to the Cambrian News ahead of their arrival at Southwold last week, George’s mum and Mike’s wife Heather said: “The boys are doing really well.

“The boys had a great send-off from the pier at Aberystwyth by family and friends.

“So far they have camped near Llandrindod Wells, Tenbury Wells and Evesham. I think the camping is proving as much of a challenge as the bike ride, as they couldn’t pack much bedding and it’s pretty cold at night."

To support George and Mike, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/tandemlejog.

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