Portishead riders ‘overwhelmed’ by support for 109-mile trip

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 June 2018

The team set off from the lifeboat station in Pier Road.

The team set off from the lifeboat station in Pier Road.

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A team of volunteers have cycled 100 miles to raise more than £6,000 for the RNLI.

The cyclists visited Longleat on the way.The cyclists visited Longleat on the way.

Volunteers from RNLI Portishead along with their friends and family travelled 109 miles over two days from the lifeboat station in Pier Road to the RNLI headquarters in Poole.

Riders hit their first snags just over an hour into their ride when bikes suffered a snapped chain, a flat tyre and damaged brakes, but were given help by local business Chaos Cycles.

They ran into more difficulties near Bath where they helped a man who had collapsed on a cycle path, so trained members rushed to his side to provide first aid.

The remainder of the trip saw cyclists battle through rain, sun and no shortage of hills to reach their destination.

The cyclists visited Longleat on the way.The cyclists visited Longleat on the way.

Organiser Helen Lazenby said: “I was inspired to do a bike ride by my friend Alan who I met recently when he came to our lifeboat station.

“He is cycling the whole coast in his spare time for the RNLI and helped me with our route to Poole.

“It was just another crazy idea, I was going to ride it on my own with my husband following me in the car and then suddenly I had friends and family wanting to come with me.

“We all kept each other going, morale was sky high and we had a great time.”

Riders were also helped by a support team following in a VW Campervan carrying spare equipment, tools, water and snacks.

The team set up an online fundraising page, ‘smashing’ its original £1,000 target by raising £6,200.

Helen added: “I am completely overwhelmed by the support from each and every one of the team, the coffee shops, bike mechanic and accommodation freebies were so unexpected – I cannot thank them all enough.

“We all kept each other going, morale was sky high and we had a great time.

“I set up the JustGiving page with a target of £1,000.

“We have smashed that total and it is still going up.

“Thank you everyone who has supported us, it means so much.”

Earlier this year RNLI Portishead celebrated its third anniversary, after its lifeboat station became fully operational in 2015.

Click here to donate to the campaign.

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