From Nelson to Newquay as duo take on 400-mile bike ride for Pendleside

Two friends from Pendle are taking on a challenge of a lifetime as they cycle from Nelson to Newquay to raise funds for Pendleside Hospice.

Samuel Lawson, 25, and Jonathan Hunt, 23, are gearing up for the 406-mile bike ride starting on Thursday May 17th from Pendleside Hospice.

The pair who have been friends for four years and both work at Morrisons in Nelson, decided on the challenge in memory of Sam’s parents who both had care from the hospice before they passed away.

Over their week long trip they will ride around 80-miles a day on hybrid bikes, and to make the trip more challenging they plan on sleeping outdoors in hammocks or sleeping bags.

Both of Sam’s parents received care from Pendleside Hospice before they died. His dad Philip Lawson died in 1999 from lung cancer, and his mother Patricia Lawson who had multiple health conditions died in 2015.

Sam said: “We’ve never really cycled before so it’s going to be a real challenge. We started training a few weeks ago and have booked a week off work for the trip and have bought new bikes and equipment especially for the trip.

“We’ve wanted to do something for Pendleside for a while now as my parents both spent time there. My father died of lung cancer, my mother had a lot of different illnesses that caused her death. She had COPD, pneumonia, osteoporosis.  I don’t know how long my father was ill as I was too young, however my mother was ill for a long time but only used the hospice for the last two or three years before her death.”

Morrisons have said they will match fund the pair’s total up to £1000 and Sam and Jonathan have set up a Just Giving page where people can donate. www.­justgiving.­com/­fundraising/­samuel-lawson