East Lancashire pair to tackle tough ride in aid of Hoddlesden boy Sam Shaw (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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East Lancashire pair to tackle tough ride in aid of Hoddlesden boy Sam Shaw
TWO cadet leaders are undertaking the most gruelling bike ride they have ever attempted to raise money for young neuroblastoma sufferer Sam Shaw’s treatment.
Charlotte Brigden, 20, and Ellie O’Donnell, 23, will cycle the length of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, a testing 127 miles.
Though the pair are not too worried because they have a trusty ‘support team’ driving alongside them — Ellie’s mum Sally.
Charlotte, from Earby, who met her friend Ellie, from Burnley, in June when they both started working as high rope instructors at the newly opened Urban Altitude in Colne.
Charlotte said: “We both love mountain biking and were touched by Sam’s story, so we thought we’d use our hobby to help him.
“We’ve both raised money for charities in the past, but with Sam’s appeal, you know it’s going directly towards helping somebody, which you can’t always be assured of with other charities.
“The most either of us have ever ridden is 27 miles, so it’s going to be quite tough compared to that. We both work five to six days a week too, which has made it really hard to train. We’re hoping to do a steady pace of 12mph, which means we’ll get it done in 12 hours.
“But if we hit boggy areas in Gargrave, it might slow us down. It could get pretty slippy and we’ll probably get caked in mud.
“But even if it takes us 24 hours, even if we have to ride through the night, we’re going to get it done.”
The pair want to raise £1,000 before they do their challenge in late September.
To donate to the cause, visit their Just Giving page online, or find them on Facebook.
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