A March vintage cycling enthusiast is embarking on a sponsored bike ride with a difference for Diabetes UK in September.
84-year-old Colin Bedford (pictured) will cycle five miles a day for five days. Each time he will complete the challenge on a different one of his own historic bikes, while wearing costumes matching the bike’s era.
The intrepid grandfather of two will be riding around his town to raise awareness and fundraise for his local hospital. The 25-mile distance is the same as his journey from home to Hinchingbrooke hospital, which he attends every month for vital diabetes-related eye treatment.
Colin was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 30 years ago, but the condition has never stood in the way of his active lifestyle which along with riding vintage bikes, includes playing badminton.
The former driving instructor, who estimates he taught around 10,000 people to drive over a 50 year career, hopes the the local community gets behind his efforts.
“I must admit I was inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore’s amazing efforts this year and decided I wanted to give a little back as a thank you for all the help and support I have received over the years,” said Colin.
“I get great pleasure from vintage bikes, I even rode a penny-farthing alongside the professional cyclists when the Tour de France started in Cambridge, I hope people will enjoy the event and sponsor me of course!!
“Type 1 diabetes can be tricky to manage at times, but I’m here to show people what can be done, you are always learning and it’s important you keep up-to-date.”
Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK Midlands and East Regional Head, said: “This is such an amazing effort from Colin. I wish him all the best for this incredible challenge and I really hope the whole community gets behind this very special fundraiser.
“During the past few months, demand for our services has reached unprecedented levels and our own funding has been significantly impacted. People with diabetes need us now, and so we need your support to be able to continue fighting.
“The money Colin raises will go towards supporting Diabetes UK’s vital work helping people living with diabetes and funding research.”