Teachers take on cycling challenge

Pedalling for Parkinson's: Colin Barrett, Richard Manning and Huw Benbow. (8893899)

Pedalling for Parkinson's: Colin Barrett, Richard Manning and Huw Benbow. (8893899)

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TWO Pembrokeshire teachers are taking on a 300-mile cycling challenge for Parkinson's UK.

Colin Barrett, a peripatetic brass instrument teacher for the County Music Service, and Huw Benbow, deputy head at Cleddau Reach VC Primary School, will be joined by Huw’s brother-in-law Richard Manning for the challenge.

Starting on August 10, they will be cycling for 3 days around south west Wales, over a route that includes a total of over 30,000ft of climbing - more than the height of Mount Everest.

Huw said: “A close friend of ours was diagnosed recently, and this is our way of supporting him and helping in the fight against this cruel condition.”

Paul Jackson-Clark, director of fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Holding an event like this is a fantastic way to raise vital funds to support our work. As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever. But our work is totally dependent on donations. We are incredibly grateful to Colin, Huw and Richard, for their support. I hope their challenge will be a huge success and will encourage others to hold their own events”.

Anyone wanting to donate can do so through www.justgiving.com/300milechallenge, or by texting HCRC99 £10 to 70070 – this is only a suggested amount and can be changed.

Colin said: “Please give generously if you can. We certainly need the encouragement, but more importantly, Parkinson's UK needs your donations in order for them to continue the excellent support work and research into this complex condition.”

The trio's progress can be followed via 300 Mile Welsh Cycle Challenge on Facebook.

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