St Albans duo’s MS mission across UK
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One wit has already joked that he is sure “it’s all downhill” from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
But a St Albans couple are realistic that their cycling trek from one end of Great Britain to the other is going to be a test of endurance, hills and all, to raise funds for the Chilterns MS Centre.
Colin Roberts and Fiona Cressy are cycling about 1,000 miles for the Aylesbury-based centre which provides services and advice to people with multiple sclerosis (MS), their families and carers.
Fiona described the charity as a “godsend” and explained: “My father has been attending the centre for 20 years, and I have wanted to raise money for it for a while.
“Every bit of money raised is going to the centre – Colin and I are entirely self-funding our cycling trip.
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“The boundless energy and positivity from the staff makes the centre a fun place to be and is a true lifeline to so many people.”
The charity provides a range of therapies and support for MS patients, and its main goal is to help patients gain greater control over their condition so they can lead happy and healthy lives.
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It treats 260 patients each week.
So far Colin, a design and technology teacher at St Albans School, and Fiona, director of Physio St Albans, have raised about £2,000 for the centre.
Along with the multitude of donations there have been plenty of positive messages posted on Colin’s and Fiona’s online Justgiving fundraising page, with one well-wisher commenting, “Enjoy as I’m sure it’s all downhill!”
Fiona told the Herts Advertiser: “I wish it was!”
While the sporty couple would not describe themselves as cyclists Colin, 33, used to be a 110m hurdler while Fiona, 37, was formerly a middle distance runner until injuries put paid to their athletic pursuits.
Their charity ride begins on Wednesday July 30.
To donate go to www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/ColinFifiJOGLE2014. For more information on the MS centre, see www.chilternsmscentre.org