TRAINING has stepped up a gear for an 18-strong group of cyclists raising money for children with disabilities or terminal illness.
With just three weeks to go before taking up the challenge to cycle 900 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats, the BOB4K team (Bobbies on Bikes for Kids) are peddling even more.
During the six month training schedule most of the group have completed between 1,500 and 2,500 miles to ensure they have the necessary stamina to complete the nine day challenge in September.
Every penny raised will go to the Staffordshire based national charity Caudwell Children as the BOB4K team are paying their own on-going expenses for equipment and accommodation during the challenge.
Their hope is to raise £22,000 to pay for three children, who either have disabilities or are terminally ill, and their families, to go to Disneyland in Florida through Caudwell Children's charity Destination Dreams.
During their six-month training, they have also organised a number of events to raise funds – from a Race Night, cake sales, Curry nights with half the cost of a meal going to the funds, and many turbo based rides in shopping centres and at supermarkets. So far, they have raised in excess of £12,000 and are hoping others will get behind them with donations.
Anyone who would like to donate can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/bob4k.
The BOB4K team:
PC Steve Marsh, IMU based at Leek, lives in Packmoor;
PC Paul Harris, IOM officer based at Burslem lives in Leek;
PC Keith Jervis, based at IMU Hanley, lives in Endon;
Detective Inspector Louise Cherrington, based at Hanley, lives in Burslem;
Sgt John Miles, based at IMU Hanley, and lives in Newcastle;
Sgt Laura Melvin, based at PPU (Public Protection unit) Stone, lives Bignall End;
Sgt Steve Hancock, IMU based at Burslem;
Sgt Pip Ferns, based at Hanley, lives in North Staffordshire;
PC Nathan Ames,
IMU based at Hanley, lives Bignall End;
PC Steve Longley, based at Hanley, lives in North Staff ordshire;
PC Steve Meacock, based at Biddulph, lives North Staffsordshire;
PCSO Rebecca Simon, based at Hanley and covers Birches Head and forest Park, lives in Bucknall
PCSO Jessica Stevenson,
based at Burslem and covers Milton, lives in Werrington;
PCSO Michelle Chadwick, based at Hanley and covers Birches Head and Forest Park, lives in Penkhull;
PCSO Pete Johnson, based at Biddulph and covers Biddulph, and lives in Buxton
Geoff Harrison, retired, now a private investigator, lives in Kidsgrove;
Paul Ferneyhough, painter and Decorator, lives in Packmoor;
Pete Noonan, works at the YMCA, lives in Packmoor.