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Barca-bound bikers blaze funding trail

Michael Docherty and Sonny Flood are cycling from Blackpool to Barcelona on a Pedal For Pam fundraiser in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (below) Pam Cottam.

Michael Docherty and Sonny Flood are cycling from Blackpool to Barcelona on a Pedal For Pam fundraiser in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (below) Pam Cottam.

  • by Stephanie Shaw
 

These cyclists are gearing up to ‘pedal for Pam’, taking on a bike ride from Blackpool to Barcelona to raise funds for charity.

Sonny Flood, a former Hollyoaks heart-throb, and friends Michael Docherty, Max Nelder, all 23, and Eddie Nelder, 50, are hoping to raise money to beat blood cancer in memory of friend, Pam Cottam.

Pam, from Out Rawcliffe, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, and died aged just 51 on March 11 this year. Family friend Sonny, who is dating Pam’s daughter Sophie, 25, grew close to the family and decided to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research in a self-funded cycle to Barcelona, Spain.

He said: “All the donations mean such a great deal to this cause.

“All the support we have had so far has been fantastic and we hope to keep the ball rolling, or rather the wheel turning, in our journey to beat blood cancer.”

All from the Fylde, Sonny, Michael, Max and Eddie will take on the estimated 21-day trip. They will pedal more than 1,500 miles, carrying with them all their supplies, from tents to sleeping bags and clothes.

Leaving both Nelders in Portsmouth, Sonny and Michael will then catch a ferry over to Le Havre where they will tear through French soil, catching their breath in places such as Paris, Lourdes and the French Pyrenees where they will ride the Col du Tourmalet stage of the Tour de France.

To donate: www.justgiving.com/pedalforpam or visit The Cartford Inn, PR3 0YP.

Family pub backing the boys’ effort

Sonny and friends will be pushing off this Saturday morning from The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston, where Pam and family have been regular customers and where Sophie and Sonny have been long-time employees.

Owner Patrick Beaume said “It will be very interesting for all the staff and colleagues to monitor their travel, performance and adventure on a daily basis.”

The Beaumes have erected the route map on their pub wall so they can follow the boys on their adventure.

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