College cyclists gear up for charity ride

A team of charity cycling enthusiasts will spend part of the half-term holiday tackling a 190-mile bike ride from Lancaster to north Wales via Liverpool.

The Furness Expandables – a group of 14 cyclists and a driver from Furness College’s campuses at Channelside and Rating Lane and their friends – will take on the challenge this weekend.

Their three-day adventure will raise funds for Mind in Furness, which is a charity close to many people in the college’s hearts.

Head of Area for Business, ICT and Media Simon Irving said his thoughts would be with Jake Davies, one of his students who died in December, and his family.

“I have seen first-hand what devastating effects mental health illness can have. Not just this young man taking his own life, but also the people it leaves behind.”

It is the eleventh consecutive year the group has undertaken a charity cycle ride and the first time along this route. They will go from Barrow via Glasson Dock in Lancaster and Albert Dock in Liverpool and finish in Llandudno.

Sandra Crease, a personal progress coach in craft engineering, said: “We are all social cyclists and really work together as a team to get each other round the route each year.”

“We have excellent support on the way and I am sure we will all be doing our best to raise much-needed funds for this important charity.”

The team also includes David Pucknell (driving), Mark Preston, Simon Irving, Jim Rawnsley, Liz Kershaw, Paula Eddy, Scott Wilson, Sam Sunderland, Matt Ryder, Tim Wilkes, Kevin Wilde, Rob Speirs, Martin Burns and Scott Nash.

Mind Furness offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf.

To sponsor the team go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SandraCrease


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