A man will attempt to cycle the length of mainland Britain’s coastline to raise money for a Hyndburn charity.
Staff at the Altham RSPCA centre are delighted to benefit from Alan Pinder’s epic 4,000-mile fundraising challenge.
Starting on May 1, Alan, 51, aims to complete the sponsored bike ride by the beginning of September, hopefully raising £4,000 in the process.
He is raising money for the animals in the care of the RSPCA Lancashire East Branch and he is bidding to raise the equivalent of a pound for every mile ridden.
Alan’s epic fundraising challenge has been dubbed “Terambtob” - standing for ‘The Extremely Rude and Mysterious Bicycle Tour of Britain.’
RSPCA branch administrator Steve Suttie is excited about the challenge.
He said: “As many people know, we have lots of people doing lots of different activities to help us to raise the £40,000 a month that we need to keep the centre going.
“When Alan approached us about this colossal challenge, my first reaction was to check the records and see if anybody has ever attempted anything this incredible to raise funds for us before. The answer is a no.
“This is an absolutely enormous undertaking, and I think that people will be really touched and impressed by the lengths that Alan is prepared to go to, the raise money for the charity.”
Alan, from Ribchester, has set up a Just Giving page, which has already generated over £560.
He said: “I’ve wanted to do some sort of a challenge for a long time and when the opportunity arose to take a career break, it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss.
“I have chosen a cycle tour as walking is a bit too slow for me and I would get bored. Using motorised transport is too fast, and I wouldn’t have time to fully appreciate the country. So cycling seems like the ideal compromise.”
All money raised will go to the RSPCA branch. The centre looks after unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals from the local area.
Most of the pets come in from RSPCA Inspectors, and the animals are looked after and rehabilitated, before staff look for new homes for the pets.