Pals take on cycle challenge to help Hearing Dogs charity

Cycle fundraiser for Hearing Dogs - from David Troup, Ian Westgate, Barry Clark, Jo Troup, Liz Clark, Hazel Dixon and Peter Dixon.

Cycle fundraiser for Hearing Dogs - from David Troup, Ian Westgate, Barry Clark, Jo Troup, Liz Clark, Hazel Dixon and Peter Dixon.

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Four friends who are all retired are taking on the Land’s End to John O’Groats trip on two wheels to help deaf people.

Cyclists David Troup and Ian Westgate will be doing the complete 986 miles whilst Peter Dixon and Barry Clark will be in a supporting role.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf

Hearing Dogs for Deaf

The friends are all supporters of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, the charity with its head office at Saunderton.

Between them they have given 15 puppies a great start on their journey to becoming life-changing Hearing Dogs.

The group which includes wives Jo, Hazel and Liz will be staying at campsites along the route with a celebratory stay in a ‘posh’ hotel at the end after 15 days of gruelling pedalling during their trip in June.

Peter and Barry will be moving the camp forward each day before cycling back to meet their friends to encourage them along the last 10 miles or so into camp each day.

Peter said: “We hope by this challenge to raise greater awareness of the charity and to raise funds to enable more dogs to give independence, increase confidence and provide companionship to profoundly deaf people by alerting them to everyday sounds that we take for granted.”

They started training for the trek before Christmas and are now regularly doing rides of 20 to 25 miles which they will gradually increase as the actual run will involve days of 65 to 85 miles.

If you want to follow and support their challenge over the weeks of training and the trip ahead you can see their progress at www.justgiving.com/lejogboys

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a registered charity that trains dogs to alert deaf people to household sounds and danger signals such as the doorbell, telephone and smoke alarm – providing life-changing independence and confidence.

It provides a national service and no charge is made to recipients. Since its inception in 1982, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has placed more than 2,000 hearing dogs and has around 950 current working partnerships.

If you would like more information, please contact Lisa Bishop Community Fundraising Manager 07769 901305 or email lisa.bishop@hearingdogs.org.uk