Mother and two daughters do the Guild Wheel challenge in Preston in memory of Stephen Boyes

A woman and her two daughters have organised an army to cycle the Guild Wheel in memory of the girls' father, who died of a brain tumour.

Friday, 4th May 2018, 2:49 pm
Updated Friday, 4th May 2018, 3:36 pm
More than 50 people take part in the Guild Wheel bike ride for St Catherine's Hospice, organised by Karen Boyes, in memory of her husband, Steve

Karen Boyes, of Hoghton, and her daughters, Sarah, 19, and Keira, 13, rallied round 51 others to take part in the 21-mile challenge to honour Stephen Boyes, who died of a brain tumour in 2014, aged 52.

All money raised will go towards St Catherine’s Hospice, which supported Stephen and his family.

Karen, who owns Tease Cafe, in Longridge, said: “This is the third year we have done this for St Catherine’s Hospice. We wanted to do something to give back for the support we received when Stephen passed away.“We thought it would be a nice way to remember him. It was a happy occasion, rather than sad.“Sarah even came back from university for the weekend to complete the ride. My youngest son, Sam, 21, drove the car in support and my eldest son, Joe, was away but has been very supportive.“It was a fantastic day. We had lots of people there. It was a really big family occasion.”

Karen, 51, is still collecting money, but so far donations have reached more than £1,000.She added: “It is quite exciting as we don’t know how much we have raised yet. This is something we will continue every year. We are hoping next year’s event will be even bigger as it will mark the fifth anniversary of Stephen’s passing.”

Tease Cafe is part of the Longridge Dementia Friendly Community work in the town.It holds a social meeting for people with young onset dementia and Parkinson’s once a month. The next dates are May 29, June 26 and July 31, from 5pm until 8pm.