Pensioners pedal power raises thousands

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A pair of pensioners who pedalled 1,200 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats have raised thousands for charity.

Irene Milnes and Sue Shepherd, of Heptonstall, cycled the length of the country in June to raise money for Cancer Research UK following the loss of several friends to ovarian and breast cancer.

Their target was to raise £3,000 for the charity, which funds scientists doctors and nurses with the aim of beating cancer.

But the duo have managed to raise £5,448. 64 which will be used for life-saving research.

Sue said “We were aiming to raise about £3000 for the charity, specifically for research into the early diagnosis and treatment of ovarian and breast cancer. We have lost many friends to these diseases.

“The amount we raised was an amazing. We were overwhelmed by people’s generosity, both locally and from those who were complete strangers to us.”

During their gruelling challenge the womenchose to cycle a much longer route than the normal 874 miles, travelling nearly 1,200 miles instead.

They covered between 55 and 65 miles each day, but as well as fundraising they aimed to inspire pensioners to get out and about.

Sue added: “We also wanted to inspire other pensioners to get out and show others that being of a certain age does not make you old and incapable.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who supported us and gave us donations. Thank you from both of us.”

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