Country miles for pub boss

Andy Daubney  is preparing to cycle from John O'Groats to Lands End to raise funds for Trinity Hospice and Brian House.
Andy Daubney is preparing to cycle from John O'Groats to Lands End to raise funds for Trinity Hospice and Brian House.
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A pub manager is ready to swap pulling pints for pedalling miles as he takes on a mammoth 880-mile bicycle ride.

Andy Daubney, manager of The Blue Room, Blackpool, will be saddling up to cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End.

The 33-year-old was inspired to do the charity ride in aid of Trinity Hospice and Brian House after seeing first-hand the support and care offered there when his parents-in-law were both treated at the unit.

He said: “I’m hoping to present the hospice with around £3,000, that would be great.

“My wife’s parents were in there and the stuff they did for them was unbelievable.”

Keith and Carol Ratcliffe, parents of Andy’s wife Carey, 33, both received care at the hospice on Low Moor Road when they were each diagnosed with cancer.

Since Christmas he has been taking on gruelling bike rides, in recent weeks travelling more than 50 miles in a day, in preparation for his 14-day expedition to travel the country, leaving on May 5.

Andy, of Gloucester Avenue, Blackpool, has never done a long bike ride like this before but decided to really challenge himself knowing it would bring in more donations.

He said: “I feel done in after 50 miles but it is getting easier – it’s getting on the bike again the next day that’s difficult.

“It is a ridiculous ride but friends and family said I’d never do it, so when I do it will raise more funds.

“It’ll be an achievement for me to look back on in 10 years time and if I can raise the funds too it’ll be great.”

As well as continuing with his gruelling training routine Andy is also organising a fundraiser at The Blue Room, in Church Street, next week.

Featuring virtual races, raffle and quiz, it will be free to enter and takes place from 7.30pm on Tuesday.

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