Fleetwood couple’s bike ride boosts Macmillan cancer charity

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A husband and wife team from Fleetwood have raised an impressive £1,180 for the Macmillan cancer charity after completing a charity bicycle ride.

Mike Pickton, 38, manages the Blackpool branch and wife Jess, 34, is the manager of the Cleveleys outlet.

Jess and Mike Pickton cycled around 80 miles for the Macmillan charity

Jess and Mike Pickton cycled around 80 miles for the Macmillan charity

Over three days, from July 21, the pair cycled around 80 miles, pedaling from Penrith Boots opticians to the Cleveleys branch, stopping overnight at Kendal and Lancaster, and popping into the Blackpool branch on the final day.

Mike, of Kent Street, Fleetwood: “We hadn’t cycled that far before so we were really happy to finish.

“The hardest part was near Kendal, where we didn’t realise there was a huge hill to climb that felt like a mountain!

“We raised £180 from our Justgiving page, £480 from an old fashioned sponsor form and then Boots match-funded us to the value of £500.

“We never expected to raise anything like that so we are delighted.”

Mike added that the charity was close to his heart, as Macmillan nurses had cared for his father when he was ill.

It isn’t the first time Mike has raised money for charity. Last year he tackled the Total Warrior event in Leeds for the Royal National Institute of Blind People.