Lizzie Coates and Aaron Denver are planning to complete a 24-hour bike ride to raise money for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals charity.
The nurse at Royal Preston Hospital and her boyfriend who is a primary school teacher will be doing the ride virtually from their garage to raise money to support local NHS staff and patients.
Lizzie explains how Aaron has completed tough cycling challenges in the past and now they are taking this one on together:
“Aaron is a keen cyclist and has spent many years trying to encourage me to get on a bike! This year he’s managed to persuade me! Aaron has always enjoyed taking on cycling-related challenges, he once cycled from Chorley to Edinburgh in a day! After he’d completed this, we had discussed how it would have been good to raise some money for charity as it was such an impressive thing to do.
“After seeing other efforts to raise money during the first lockdown, we decided we wanted to do something similar to help motivate us through this third lockdown! Aaron suggested the 24-hour cycle as Geraint Thomas, Tour de France winner, completed a 12-hour virtual cycle to raise money for the NHS. So we thought if there is 2 of us – we will attempt 24 hours (although I don’t know how much help I’m going to be having only ever cycled the Guild Wheel!)”
The couple chose Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity as it is a cause very close to them and being nurse, Lizzie has seen the impact the charity can have on staff and patients:
“We picked the charity as we wanted to pick something that meant something to us. Little things the charity has done like making well-being packages for staff back in April and organising Christmas presents for patients on the wards make such a big difference to the staff & patient moral in hospitals.
“It would be nice to try and give staff morale a boost again as it has been quite low recently. I’ve been in touch with the charity to see if they could tell us how the money we raise may be spent – as this might give us a bit more motivation to complete the challenge!”
You can help the couple raise as much money as possible for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals charity by donating to their Gofundme page here.