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RSPCA Lancashire East Branch

RSPCA Lancashire East Branch

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Alan's finishing line is in sight!

3rd Aug 2016

Alan’s Unforgettable Cycle Ride around Britain raises much needed funds for RSPCA Altham Animal Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This Saturday, 6th August, 51 year old Ribchester man Alan Pinder will arrive at Blackpool Tower after completing a circuit of the British mainland on his trusty bicycle. Alan’s epic pedal-powered ride began at Blackpool Tower on a cold, wet and windy Sunday morning, just over three months ago, at 8am on May 1st, and since then he has visited the most southerly, easterly, northerly, and westerly points of mainland Britain, clocking up an incredible 3,000 miles along the way.
Alan has been riding solo all around the British mainland, setting up camp each night before wheeling off again the following morning, regardless of the weather. Alan has averaged 40 miles per day, which is an extraordinary feat considering the weight of his fully loaded bike. The bike has been carrying all of Alan’s kit, including his cooker, his tent and basic supplies. Alan’s self-funded trip has been a massive test of endurance and personal strength, and also a hugely beneficial fundraiser for RSPCA Altham.
Alan explains “I wanted to raise funds for RSPCA Altham because I know what a great charity it is, because my wife volunteers as a fundraiser for the animal shelter. I was only hoping to raise a thousand pounds, so I am absolutely amazed that the donations are nearing four thousand pounds! It really is incredible, and I’d like to say thank you so much to everybody who has donated to my Just Giving page, or by dropping into the RSPCA shops to sponsor me. It really has kept me going!”
RSPCA Altham Branch Administrator Steve Suttie has been keeping Alan’s followers up to date with Alan’s progress on the RSPCA website and Facebook page. He explained, “What Alan has done has really captured the public’s imagination. To set off on such a remarkable journey takes a lot of courage and determination, and I’m delighted that the public have really got behind Alan’s efforts and boosted his fundraising expectations so much! We are constantly fundraising to keep the animal centre going, and in the fifty years that the charity has been operating, we have never had  any fundraising attempts of this scale! We’re all very proud of Alan, and we want to thank him from the bottom of our hearts for such an amazing thing to do for RSPCA Altham.”
Alan was allowed four months off his work at Fylde Borough Council to complete the circuit, which meant that he needed to be back by September 1st. However, it seems that Alan has had a good tail wind, as he prepares to complete his journey three weeks ahead of schedule! Alan’s wife Patricia is absolutely delighted that Alan is getting back so early. Patricia has met up with Alan at various points along the journey, treating him to a warm night in a B&B from time to time, but now she is looking forward to finally have him home for good. 
Alan is due to arrive back at Blackpool Tower at approximately 5pm  on Saturday 6th August. The funds that Alan has raised will go directly to the RSPCA Altham animal centre, a local, independent charity that rehabilitates and rehomes abandoned, injured and mistreated animals from across the East Lancashire district. The animal centre costs £400,000 per annum to run, and every penny is raised locally in the East Lancashire community. RSPCA Altham helps hundreds of local animals every year, including cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets and other small furries.
Alan’s Just Giving page is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/terambtob

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