Trio saddle up for back to back cycle rides

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Businessman Tony Thomas is saddling up to raise money for charity in memory of his mum.

Tony who lives in Greetland will be joined by his nephew Kieran Gallagher of Halifax and friend Paul White of Normington to take part in two cycle rides back to back.

The trio will firstly take part in Huddesrfield Town’s Keep It Up campaign to raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance on April 28 and 29. Then only one day later they will get back on their bikes to ride from Morecambe to Bridlington on the ‘Way of the Roses’ to raise cash for Overgate Hospice.

Tony said; “We did a similar ride last year for Yorkshire Air Ambulance but sadly during our training my mum, Vera, died. But she pushed us to carry on and complete the ride which we did. Mum spent her final few weeks in Overgate and when we signed up this year we wanted to do something in her memory and decided to do the coast to coast.”

The group is hoping to get individual sponsorship for the YAA but then ask local businesses to sponsor them to raise funds for Overgate.

“For the trained athletes cycling 420 miles might not sound too daunting but for me it is quite a challenge,” said Tony who works at JLA in Ripponden. “I am a bit apprehensive about the coast to coast because on one day there is a real hilly bit. I will do it but it will be challenging.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring them for Overgate can visit