Dad's 950-mile cycle to launch his own charity

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 July 2015

Phil Collard and Dave Berry celebrating the end of their ride at Land's End.

Phil Collard and Dave Berry celebrating the end of their ride at Land's End.

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A Nailsea dad has completed a 950-mile cycle ride to raise awareness of his new charity.

Phil Collard, aged 40, of Godwin Drive, roped in his friend Dave Berry to join him on the marathon ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

The duo challenged themselves to complete the journey in seven days to raise money for Honeybones, which helps people suffering from bone and joint conditions.

Phil said: “As well as the physical challenges presented by the ride, it was also mentally challenging.

“The reception we received along the route was really good and people were even making donations to us as we passed.

“The hardest part came when we only had about eight miles to go to Land’s End as we knew we were close to finishing.

“But when we got to Land’s End, we cycled around for about 20 minutes trying to find the signpost. We knew we couldn’t finish without seeing it.

“I’d like to thank Dave for undertaking this challenging ride with me and all those who donated to Honeybones.

“The challenge is now spending the money. I would love to hear from anyone who has a project Honeybones could support.”

Phil was diagnosed with cancer at 18 months old and the radiotherapy treatment left him with joint problems.

He was given a total hip replacement at the age of 33 and thanks to the surgery and support he received he is now an accomplished athlete.

To find out more about the charity, click here

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