A VINTAGE bike may not be the usual form of long-distance transport – but two women are preparing to saddle up in memory of the friend who cannot join them.
Jo Boulton and Lyndsey Bickerdike, from Kirkham, will hop on their three-gear bicycles to tackle the gruelling 50-mile Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride next week in honour of 29-year-old Hannah Enright, who lost her battle with cancer last year.
The trio had been friends for years, and Jo and Lindsey hope their quirky take on the charity challenge will see them help raise thousands of pounds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
Jo, 32, said: “Hannah would have loved one of these bikes.
“We got them and we thought it would be nice to do them up to try and raise some money for cancer charities.
“The Rosemere Cancer Foundation helped Hannah a lot through the whole thing and we want to give something back to them.”
Former Carr Hill High School pupil Hannah, from Wesham, battled cervical cancer for two years after former Big Brother star Jade Goody’s plight prompted her to go for a smear test.
A singer-songwriter, Hannah was just starting to enjoy success when she fell ill – and now Jo hopes all those who remember her from the music scene will support her charity ride.
Jo said: “When we go out on bike rides we get people beeping at us – they can tell they are our bikes because we’ve put big flowers on them and I’ve got butterflies all over mine.
“We’ve named the bikes after her as well, Lyndsey’s is Lady H and mine is Little Miss Sunshine after a song she wrote.”
The pair are joining 27 of Hannah’s other friends on the trek and team Hannah-Rose hope to raise £5,000 through www.justgiving.com/TeamHannahRose.
And once the ride is over, Jo and Lyndsey hope to encourage other cyclists to join their new Bell’s Angels bike club, www.thebellsangels.com.