Clitheroe man cycles 400 miles for charity

Clitheroe man cycles 400 miles for charity

Clitheroe man cycles 400 miles for charity

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A COMMUNITY stalwart has completed a 400-mile cycle ride through the battlefields of the First World War to raise money for charity.

Bill Honeywell, 61, raised £1,200 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which gives lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families.

Bill, who is a former president of Clitheroe Rotary Club, started the challenge on Monday, August 4, alongside 55 other participants, most from the armed services, and headed to Niewpoort in Belgium from London.

He cycled along the old Western Front, through Menin Gate in Ypres and through battlefields including Passchendaele, ‘Plug Street’ and Vimy Ridge.

The group also passed by the Thiepval Monument and cross the Somme before they arrived in Compiegne near Paris on Sunday, August 9, where the Armistice was signed in November 1918.

Dad-of-two Bill, who lives in Southfield Drive, West Bradford, also abseiled down Blackpool’s Big One in June for a second year to raise money for the charity.

He was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity fundraising efforts.

Bill said: “It was an amazing experience and quite thought provoking.

“The ride was supposed to be 330 miles but I had to ride a bit further as there were no tubes running from where I was staying in London to the centre.

“I had to get up at 4am to get there in time after I had cycled from the Ribble Valley the previous day so all in all it was just over 400 miles.

“I didn’t know anybody on the trip but I got to know some people along the way.

“I’m really glad that I went and it was a good way to mark the centenary.

“I have been fundraising for charity for some time now and I’m running out of people to ask for donations so I will have to think of other ways to raise money.

“This challenge was completely different to what I have done in the past and some of the sites were very touching.”

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10:17am Sun 17 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Hi Bill doing your bit for charity are we, (well If you could call it that) all for the good of the community. A man like you wouldn't be doing these things for personal gain would you.

QUOTE:
He was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity fundraising efforts.:


Oh I see
Hi Bill doing your bit for charity are we, (well If you could call it that) all for the good of the community. A man like you wouldn't be doing these things for personal gain would you. QUOTE: He was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity fundraising efforts.: Oh I see 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -17

4:51pm Sun 17 Aug 14

shytalk says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Hi Bill doing your bit for charity are we, (well If you could call it that) all for the good of the community. A man like you wouldn't be doing these things for personal gain would you.

QUOTE:
He was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity fundraising efforts.:


Oh I see
Doing more than you though isn't he 2 for 5p? Am surprised you haven't been awarded a medal for flicking one over the wrist, given that your comments are conclusively those of a midland banker.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Hi Bill doing your bit for charity are we, (well If you could call it that) all for the good of the community. A man like you wouldn't be doing these things for personal gain would you. QUOTE: He was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity fundraising efforts.: Oh I see[/p][/quote]Doing more than you though isn't he 2 for 5p? Am surprised you haven't been awarded a medal for flicking one over the wrist, given that your comments are conclusively those of a midland banker. shytalk
  • Score: 13

7:01pm Sun 17 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

shytalk wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Hi Bill doing your bit for charity are we, (well If you could call it that) all for the good of the community. A man like you wouldn't be doing these things for personal gain would you.

QUOTE:
He was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity fundraising efforts.:


Oh I see
Doing more than you though isn't he 2 for 5p? Am surprised you haven't been awarded a medal for flicking one over the wrist, given that your comments are conclusively those of a midland banker.
Another classic from Bill

QUOTE:
“I have been fundraising for charity for some time now and I’m running out of people to ask for donations so I will have to think of other ways to raise money.

"you will if you want to keep getting free holidays Bill"
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Hi Bill doing your bit for charity are we, (well If you could call it that) all for the good of the community. A man like you wouldn't be doing these things for personal gain would you. QUOTE: He was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity fundraising efforts.: Oh I see[/p][/quote]Doing more than you though isn't he 2 for 5p? Am surprised you haven't been awarded a medal for flicking one over the wrist, given that your comments are conclusively those of a midland banker.[/p][/quote]Another classic from Bill QUOTE: “I have been fundraising for charity for some time now and I’m running out of people to ask for donations so I will have to think of other ways to raise money. "you will if you want to keep getting free holidays Bill" 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -8

9:31pm Sun 17 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Hi Bill doing your bit for charity are we, (well If you could call it that) all for the good of the community. A man like you wouldn't be doing these things for personal gain would you.

QUOTE:
He was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity fundraising efforts.:


Oh I see
There's no need for you to comment on this story, it isn't about terminally Ill people.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Hi Bill doing your bit for charity are we, (well If you could call it that) all for the good of the community. A man like you wouldn't be doing these things for personal gain would you. QUOTE: He was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity fundraising efforts.: Oh I see[/p][/quote]There's no need for you to comment on this story, it isn't about terminally Ill people. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 3

9:32pm Sun 17 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
shytalk wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Hi Bill doing your bit for charity are we, (well If you could call it that) all for the good of the community. A man like you wouldn't be doing these things for personal gain would you.

QUOTE:
He was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity fundraising efforts.:


Oh I see
Doing more than you though isn't he 2 for 5p? Am surprised you haven't been awarded a medal for flicking one over the wrist, given that your comments are conclusively those of a midland banker.
Another classic from Bill

QUOTE:
“I have been fundraising for charity for some time now and I’m running out of people to ask for donations so I will have to think of other ways to raise money.

"you will if you want to keep getting free holidays Bill"
I have something I'd like to give you for free.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Hi Bill doing your bit for charity are we, (well If you could call it that) all for the good of the community. A man like you wouldn't be doing these things for personal gain would you. QUOTE: He was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity fundraising efforts.: Oh I see[/p][/quote]Doing more than you though isn't he 2 for 5p? Am surprised you haven't been awarded a medal for flicking one over the wrist, given that your comments are conclusively those of a midland banker.[/p][/quote]Another classic from Bill QUOTE: “I have been fundraising for charity for some time now and I’m running out of people to ask for donations so I will have to think of other ways to raise money. "you will if you want to keep getting free holidays Bill"[/p][/quote]I have something I'd like to give you for free. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 2

9:36pm Sun 17 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
shytalk wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Hi Bill doing your bit for charity are we, (well If you could call it that) all for the good of the community. A man like you wouldn't be doing these things for personal gain would you.

QUOTE:
He was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity fundraising efforts.:


Oh I see
Doing more than you though isn't he 2 for 5p? Am surprised you haven't been awarded a medal for flicking one over the wrist, given that your comments are conclusively those of a midland banker.
Another classic from Bill

QUOTE:
“I have been fundraising for charity for some time now and I’m running out of people to ask for donations so I will have to think of other ways to raise money.

"you will if you want to keep getting free holidays Bill"
I have something I'd like to give you for free.
Oh what's that a car, holiday or a speedboat. :-)
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Hi Bill doing your bit for charity are we, (well If you could call it that) all for the good of the community. A man like you wouldn't be doing these things for personal gain would you. QUOTE: He was recently awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity fundraising efforts.: Oh I see[/p][/quote]Doing more than you though isn't he 2 for 5p? Am surprised you haven't been awarded a medal for flicking one over the wrist, given that your comments are conclusively those of a midland banker.[/p][/quote]Another classic from Bill QUOTE: “I have been fundraising for charity for some time now and I’m running out of people to ask for donations so I will have to think of other ways to raise money. "you will if you want to keep getting free holidays Bill"[/p][/quote]I have something I'd like to give you for free.[/p][/quote]Oh what's that a car, holiday or a speedboat. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -4

12:31am Mon 18 Aug 14

khakkij says...

what an absolute ignorant idiot he is commenting like that., you go bill and give him what he deserves !., Bill Honeywell is a real nice guy that has done loads and loads for charity., he suffered himself and is a gentleman., it will be some guy that hasnt managed to get passed the clitheroe sign and get a life out of good old clitheroe !!!!!!!!!...........
...not. Glad he has kept his feet on the ground and not let money go to his head and forget people that have been there for him through thick and thin ., pity others cant take a leaf out of his book and do like bill has., whoops they cant because they think they are above others., well they aint
what an absolute ignorant idiot he is commenting like that., you go bill and give him what he deserves !., Bill Honeywell is a real nice guy that has done loads and loads for charity., he suffered himself and is a gentleman., it will be some guy that hasnt managed to get passed the clitheroe sign and get a life out of good old clitheroe !!!!!!!!!........... ...not. Glad he has kept his feet on the ground and not let money go to his head and forget people that have been there for him through thick and thin ., pity others cant take a leaf out of his book and do like bill has., whoops they cant because they think they are above others., well they aint khakkij
  • Score: 3

6:00pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Owd Akela says...

Will someone do me a massive favour and put 2 for 5p out of his misery. I'm surprised he didn't post a negative message about the kid winning a national writing competition.
Will someone do me a massive favour and put 2 for 5p out of his misery. I'm surprised he didn't post a negative message about the kid winning a national writing competition. Owd Akela
  • Score: 0

7:50pm Mon 18 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Owd Akela wrote:
Will someone do me a massive favour and put 2 for 5p out of his misery. I'm surprised he didn't post a negative message about the kid winning a national writing competition.
I only put negative commeents were they are deserved.
[quote][p][bold]Owd Akela[/bold] wrote: Will someone do me a massive favour and put 2 for 5p out of his misery. I'm surprised he didn't post a negative message about the kid winning a national writing competition.[/p][/quote]I only put negative commeents were they are deserved. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -1
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