Pensioner coasted through ride

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A 71–year–old British Heart Foundation (BHF) volunteer from Belper has completed a challenging 170 mile cycle to raise funds for the charity.

So far Arthur Roberts (pictured above)has generated £650 for the cause following his four day coast to coast cycle from Morecambe to Bridlington.

He crossed the finish line with help from his brother-in-law Howard Owen, 58, and family friend Liz Kopp, 65.

“We are very glad to be back all in one piece without any injuries,” Arhur said.

”I am eternally grateful to Liz and Howard for keeping me going, and to Liz’s husband Quentin for all the logistical support.

“I have cycled to keep fit for years, but always wanted to complete something as challenging as this route.

“Doing it to raise funds for the BHF made it even more special.

“As a member of the Little Eaton, Belper and Duffield Branch of the BHF, I know how important the charity is, how much they rely on fundraising events and donations to continue, and also how many people benefit from the research funded by them. Roll on the next challenge!”

Sophie Jardine, BHF fundraising manager in Derbyshire, said: “Arthur, Liz and Howard all did exceptionally well to complete the challenge – especially as the weather was so hot that week.

“It was lovely to hear from Arthur along the way and although he was exhausted at times, his determination to 
c ontinue is admirable. Well done to all three, and thank you to all who have sponsored Arthur, which I know is what kept him going along the way.”

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