LEYLAND MAN CONQUERS CAPE TOWN CYCLE FOR CHARITY
A Leyland cyclist has pedalled his way through one of two gruelling challenges in a bid to raise funds for a charity founded by a family friend
Colin Campbell, 52, joined a team of 15 riders taking on the notorious Cape Town Cycle Tour earlier this month
Colin is supporting the charity Finding Your Feet founded by single mum Corinne Hutton who lost her hands and feet to septicaemia in 2013.
The Heinz worker Colin was joined on their South African his charity adventure by his cousin Scott Campbell.
Colin said: “I was introduced to Corinne by my uncle Jim, who at 80 became the oldest man to climb Ben Nevis in support of Corinne and Finding Your Feet last year.
“Having now met her and learned more about her through my family I have been totally inspired by her story and wanted to do my bit to support FYF.”
The Cape Town Cycle Tour is the largest timed cycle race in the world with around 35,000 participants taking part.
Colin and Scott tackled the 109km route, setting off from the city and cycling around Table Mountain and the national park.
He added: “The whole experience in South Africa was fantastic. It took a great team effort to get everyone over the line as the cycling abilities within the group varied enormously. “It was very hot on the day of the race but the team spirit and the motivation of the cause for which we were riding got us round.
“Everyone finished with a superb performance and now we’re really looking forward to the next leg of the challenge with the Caledonia Etape.”
Colin will brave the opposite extreme when he takes on the Scottish elements in the 81-mile Etape Caledonia on May 8.
It isn’t the first time Colin and Scott have supported the charity. Last summer, the cousins and the extended Campbell family climbed Ben Nevis alongside mum of one Corinne, making her the first quadruple amputee in history to do so.
Corinne is currently awaiting the UK’s first double hand transplant, a procedure that will make medical history.
Corinne added: “Before my illness, I loved taking on challenges for charity and completed numerous marathons.
“You never think the tables will turn and that you will become the charity.
“I am so grateful to all the fundraisers and challengers out there who are helping others who find themselves in my position.
“If some good can come of my illness, it’s the opportunity to give something back to those who need a support network like that which I benefited from. I wish Colin, Scott and the rest of the lads all the best in South Africa and look forward to welcoming them home.”
Anyone wishing to support Colin can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/Colin-Campbell-2016