Leigh, 75, deserves pedal medal for Derian House cycle challenge

Leigh Wilson is raising money for Derian House Children's Hospice in Chorley, and Trinity Hospice in Blackpool
Leigh Wilson is raising money for Derian House Children's Hospice in Chorley, and Trinity Hospice in Blackpool
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A 75-year-old is preparing to cycle 150 miles in one day for two children’s hospices.

Leigh Wilson will cycle from Leyland to Southport via Tarleton and Banks on July 19 to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, and Trinity Hospice in Blackpool.

Mr Wilson will set off from the Seven Stars pub at 5am and cycle a 50-mile circular route three times, during which he’ll take just five short breaks of 15 minutes each.

Mr Wilson, who is a long-time fund-raiser, is cycling around 200 miles every week to train for his big challenge, and recently bought two new tyres for his racing bike costing £450 each.

The cyclist, who has also previously been a marathon runner and long-distance walker, admits that he’s been very lucky in his life to have several healthy children and grandchildren, and is undertaking this challenge to help people who have not been as fortunate as him.

Although Leigh admits that his wife thinks he’s “off his rocker” for taking on such a mammoth challenge.

Sophie Saunders, community fundraising manager at Derian House, said: “We’re incredibly humbled by Leigh’s efforts and very grateful to him for all he’s doing.

“Most people couldn’t conceive of taking on a cycling challenge on this scale but he is so passionate about helping children that he never gave it a second thought.

“We wish him all the best for his ride and look forward to welcoming him back to Derian House afterwards.”