David saddles up for care home

Cycling fundraiser David Kennedy
Cycling fundraiser David Kennedy

A kind-hearted man has raised more than £1,300 for a Chorley care home to have a vital piece of medical equipment.

David Kennedy started the fundraising drive in memory of his late uncle, David Pearson, who he says received “wonderful care” in his time living at Marley Court on Bolton Road.

David took part in a grueling 85-mile sponsored bike ride in Ireland, which saw him cycling around the largest inland lake in the UK – Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland.

To complete the circuit he was required to cycle the whole distance within just eight hours. Despite the pain and the cold air temperatures, David managed to complete the course in an impressive six hours.

David said: “I decided to raise the money for Marley Court in Chorley because they provided wonderful care for uncle Dave towards the latter stages of his life and according to my aunt, they provided a great service with personal professionalism.”

David’s aunt, Agnes, who is fondly known as ‘nan’ by the Marley Court team, still regularly visits the home as a volunteer and provides companionship to some of the residents.

Funds raised from the bike ride and fundraising activities at the home totalled £1,367, which is being used to help purchase a ‘syringe driver’ which will help to control painful symptoms for residents receiving end of life care.

Marley Court manager Beverley Unsworth said: “Mr Kennedy was a very dear resident and we miss him very much. We’re delighted that his wife, nan, still comes in to see us and we’re grateful to her nephew for his great fundraising efforts. The equipment will benefit many of our residents.

“Our priority is to provide high quality care to our residents and we’re touched to hear that our support made such a difference to Mr Kennedy and his family.”