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Colin, 87, embarks on 100-mile cycle challenge for Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Cambridgeshire man’s remarkable bid to support hospital

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87-year-old Colin Bedford is gearing up for an extraordinary 100-mile adventure, pedalling through the years on his century-old vintage bicycle to support Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon.

Using a variety of vintage bicycles, including a 100-year-old BSA Huntingdon Cycle Core (complete with decommissioned rifle strapped to the handlebars and disarmed grenade in the back ammunition pouch), the sprightly octogenarian aims to complete an incredible 100-mile journey by the end of January in recognition of his upcoming 100th eye injection at Hinchingbrooke’s eye clinic.

Colin, of March, Cambridgeshire, organised a sponsored badminton tournament several years ago, raising an impressive £3,000 for the hospital.

Now, with his current challenge, he aspires to surpass that amount and continue supporting the North West Anglia Foundation Trust team which cares for him.

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Colin commended the staff at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, describing them as “wonderful” and highlighting the excellent care he has received over the years.

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He said: “So many people have to go along to the clinics, and we all get such brilliant treatment… they are doing a fantastic job.”

Natalie Uglow speaking for each member of the eye clinic’s booking team, said: “We all know Colin. He’s one of our most lovely, dependable regulars; he’s never missed an appointment, and everyone knows him because of his big personality and genuine kindness.

“He often brings in little treats for us and is so passionate about all of the campaigns he’s been involved with. We’re so grateful to him for all he has done to support our whole team!”

To join Colin in supporting Hinchingbrooke’s Eye Clinic, please visit the crowdfunding campaign on JustGiving: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ColinBedfords100Challenge

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