Thursday, 14 December 2017

Charity bike ride is a family affair

THREE generations of one family are to cycle 25 miles as part of the Sue Ryder Ride for Ryder fund-raising event on Sunday.

THREE generations of one family are to cycle 25 miles as part of the Sue Ryder Ride for Ryder fund-raising event on Sunday.

Peter Bayfield, 70, son Joe Bayfield, 42, and grandson Eddie Bayfield, eight, from Kingwood Common, are raising money for the charity?s Nettlebed hospice in memory of Joe?s sister Kate, who was cared for there before her death in 2014.

She climbed Via Ferrata in Italy with her brother before being diagnosed with cancer.

Mr Bayfield Snr said: ?Kate spent her last few days at Sue Ryder and this seemed like a good opportunity to remember her and raise money as well.

?We think Sue Ryder is fantastic. We?re very pleased with the way they looked after our daughter and us and are happy to support them.?

Joe used to be a professional cyclist who represented Great Britain and his son is already following in his footsteps.

He said: ?Eddie has been cycling since he was old enough to stand up. He used to go with us on dog walks on his balance bike and we would pull him along on the dog lead when he needed a bit of help. He has gone on from there.?

The trio have been training hard, regularly cycling up to 20 miles together.

Eddie, who has already raised almost £1,000, said his friends at the Oratory Preparatory School in Goring Heath could hardly believe he was attempting to ride 25 miles.

?They kind of don?t believe me,? he said. ?They call me a pro-cyclist now as I?m always out on my bike.?

Peter?s wife Susan and Joe?s wife Katie will be along the route cheering them on.

To sponsor the Bayfields, visit www.justgiving.com/Eddies25forAuntieKate

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