Lizzie Coates and Aaron Denver had a gruelling weekend cycling for 24 hours straight to raise money for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals charity.
The couple took on the challenge to raise money to support local NHS staff and patients. They did the ride virtually from their garage.
The Preston nurse was feeling the pressure leading up to the challenge but her boyfriend was raring to go:
“Leading up to the challenge I was nervous as we’d already raised over a thousand pound so I knew there was no way of getting out of doing it!!! Aaron was excited, but he’s obviously crazy haha!
“It was definitely something to focus on and look forward to, even though we knew how challenging it was going to be. It definitely took our focus off everything else going on right now!”
They both worked very hard to complete their goal and helped each other along the way:
“The hardest part of the challenge was around 6 am about 20 hours into it. Mentally Aaron was really tired and was pedalling whilst closing his eyes! But physically I was struggling as I was in so much pain.
“Aaron was trying everything to make it easier for me. He wrapped the handlebars up in a blanket and put a cushion on the seat. We both got each other through it together!”
It was a long 24 hours for the couple but they had plenty of people supporting and cheering them on:
“The last bit of the challenge was amazing! It felt so good finally being finished. But also because so many people got behind us towards the end! We had people cheering us on outside in the street, on social media and people cycling with us virtually online to keep us going. We are so grateful for all the support, it really helped us get through it!”
They more than doubled their original fundraising target of £1000. At the time of writing, the couple has raised £2,224 for Lancs Teaching Hospitals Charity:
“Raising the amount we did was brilliant because it was so much more than we expected. We just hope it makes a difference!”
You can still donate here to help Lizzie and Aaron raise as much as possible for the NHS charity.