Teacher’s pedal powered challenge for Saint Michael’s

John setting off on a practice run

A Harrogate school teacher is getting on his bike to raise vital funds for Saint Michael’s.
John Greenhalgh, a Biology teacher at Harrogate Ladies’ College, is setting off in April for a gruelling 530 mile ride, which covers the rugged beauty of the Scottish coastline.
A keen cyclist since his teens, John’s pedal-powered adventure will take him seven days to complete, with daily distances ranging from 55 to 90 miles covering steep terrain, in unpredictable weather. To add to his challenge, John has Crohn’s disease, a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system.
John decided to take on the challenge for Saint Michael’s after seeing first-hand the care and support offered to families living with terminal illness and bereavement.
“My mother, Sue Crosby, passed away eight years ago after a 14-month fight with terminal small cell lung cancer. This was a cruel twist of fate for someone who had lived a healthy life. She was incredibly caring; she always put others first. 
“This ethos is reflected in the staff of Saint Michael’s. They were able to make the last few weeks of my mother’s life as happy and comfortable as possible,”
“The work Saint Michael’s do to help families going through times of extreme sadness is nothing short of remarkable, they deserve all of our support.”
John is following a stringent training regime to prepare him for his challenge, which will take him from Inverness to Applecross, Lochinver, Thurso and Golspie, before returning to Inverness. 
“I know it will be tough at times but I’m looking forward to the solitude and remoteness and the freedom to just cycle,” he said.
To sponsor John, visit his Virgin Money Giving page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnGreenhalgh

If John’s story has inspired YOU to take on a challenge in support of Saint Michael’s T: (01423) 878 628 E: fundraising@saintmichaelshospice.org or W: saintmichaelshospice.org


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