An intrepid cyclist from Whittington is taking on the challenge of a life time and cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for St Giles Hospice. Alan Withers will be saddling up for the trip on August 5th and will be tackling up more than 70 miles a day as part of the journey, which totals 1000 miles and will take 14 days.

Alan, who works at ZF Systems in Kingstanding, is riding in memory of his father, Douglas, who was cared for at St Giles in 2009.

The 51 year old is looking forward to the challenge, which he will cycle with 23 other people as part of an organised trip.

“There’s no denying it’s going to be a tough trip with some very long days in the saddle, but St Giles is a fantastic cause and I am really pleased to support them,” he said.

“The nursing team were there for Dad when he had cancer, helping to control his symptoms and caring for him at the end of his life.

“The support they provided to our family was amazing and I wanted to do something to raise funds and awareness for St Giles and this was the perfect option.”

Alan has been training with a team from Pedal Station in Lichfield to get him fit for his mammoth trip and came along to the summer fair to raise awareness of his fundraising journey, cycling throughout on a stationary bike.

St Giles regional fundraiser Bethany Richardson said everyone at the hospice would be cheering Alan on.

“It’s an absolutely huge challenge to take on and we are incredibly pleased that Alan is tackling it on behalf of the hospice,” she said.

“We all wish him the best of luck and will be looking forward to hearing his updates throughout.”