A CHURCH curate is saddling up ready for a coast to coast charity bike ride.
Linda Tomkinson, of St John’s Church, Blackpool, will cycle 140 miles, West to East during the mammoth journey.
She will take on the challenge with friends from parishes across the country, and husband Peter, to help fund the building of an orphanage in India.
The couple are no strangers to helping others, as Peter, 44, a retired British Army captain, works at Blackpool’s homeless project, Streetlife.
And Linda, 36, has been training for the ride by cycling around Blackpool visiting parishioners, clocking up to 20 miles in a day.
She said: “I went to India last year, to work in an orphanage, so I’m continuing to raise money to support them. I’m very excited about it, it’s good to be able to do something for charity but also a personal challenge. To be able to achieve these things is a good feeling.”
The group will set off from Workington on April 10, cycling across the country to Tynemouth, arriving on April 12.
She added: “I was doing the ride originally and when I told Peter he wanted to support me.”
Mr and Mrs Tomkinson have each done a number of other charity challenges including the London Marathon and a trek through the Sinai desert in Egypt.
This time they hope to raise £2,5000 for the work of Life Association.
The group wants to contribute towards building a new orphanage and teacher training facilities on the site to improve education.
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