Wheely great charity efforts

Jeff Beardsley is about to embark on his final fundraising challenge, a coast-to-coast ride.

Jeff Beardsley is about to embark on his final fundraising challenge, a coast-to-coast ride.

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YET more fundraising efforts have come to our attention this week, all involving two wheels.

Dad-of-two Jeff Beardsley, 61, will be getting in the saddle for the third time in four months for a 250-mile coast-to-coast ride from Holyhead in Wales to Skegness in memory of his wife Sue who died last year.

Gordon Harris and Andy Fox at Land's End

Gordon Harris and Andy Fox at Land's End

Ilkeston-born Jeff has already completed a 60-mile ride from London to Brighton in May, in seven hours and a staggering 1,000-mile ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. done in 15 days.

Daughter Hannah Exley, of Ilkeston, completed a Three Peaks challenge last October for her mum, who died of ovarian cancer aged 58.

She said she and brother Darren were really proud of their dad.

“The challenges have been something to keep dad focused because it’s been a very difficult time,” she explained.

Gordon Harris and Andy Fox en route to Twickenham

Gordon Harris and Andy Fox en route to Twickenham

So far Jeff has raised more than £1,000 for Nottingham University Hospital Breast and Gynae Oncology Research Fund. To sponsor him visit www.justgiving.com/threechallengespart2.

n Motorbikers made vroom in their lives for a charity trip to Skegness and back to Ilkeston.

The event raised around £200 for Cancer Research and was organised by Scott Gilbert, 22, in memory of his uncle who died of the disease.

Busy Scott holds down a sales job at Granby Motors and another at the Co-op store on South Street, Ilkeston.

Scott Gilbert at Granby Motors

Scott Gilbert at Granby Motors

“It was a brilliant turnout and a lovely day and I thank everyone who took part. I am looking forward to the next event I will be organising,” said Scott of Pedley Street, who was a pillion passenger on the trip.

He thanked Ilkeston Lions for their help, along with Jack and Howard Glover and Granby Motors colleague Tom Cullen, who has just retired.

Scott is now looking for a route around Derbyshire for another fundraising ride but is keen to hear the ideas of other people. He can be contacted on 0115 930 0029 or at scott_gilbert@granbymotors.net.

n A pair of former Ilkeston Rugby Club players, calling themselves Fat Boy Racing, embarked on a 300-mile ride from Land’s End to Twickenham last month in three days.

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Part-owner of Advanced Roofing in Manners Industrial Estate Gordon Harris, 55, and friend Andy Fox, 48, an engineer at Quarry Hill-based J&P Engineering, took part in the Great British Bike Ride, raising £1,700 for Help for Heroes, Rainbow’s Trust Children’s Charity, the Wooden Spoon charity for disadvantaged children, the RFU Injured Players Foundation and the RPA Beneveolent Fund.

Gordon said: “I did a 100-mile walk through the Sahara Desert last year for charity and this was harder than that. It was fun but I won’t be doing it again in a hurry.”

To add to their total visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/fatboyracing

n Two friends set off on an epic 1,000-mile bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats last Friday to raise money for the Green Squeeze campaign, which aims to protect the Erewash countryside.

Bernard Elliot, who has returned from his home in Australia to embark on the fortnight-long challenge, and window fitter Robin Thompson from Ilkeston will be camping along the way.

Robin said: “It’s an adventure we’ve both talked about doing but we are also both keen to preserve that bit of countryside.”

Visit www.greensqueeze.org.uk and follow the links to add your contribution.