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Local cyclist fulfills long kept promise


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A Walsall cyclist who became the first to complete the famous Trans-Pennine Trail route in a hand powered cycle has been presented with a medal after raising more than £1,000 for charity.


Disability campaigner Andrew Moult, who has restricted mobility, took the challenge in a three-wheeled adapted hand cycle to raise funds for the charity Shine, which supports those with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.


He was joined by fellow team member Steve Price from Walsall Bike Project and support vehicle drivers Condessa Parke and Cllr Richard Worrall on the coast-to-coast trip from Southport to Hornsea over four days last month, also supported with spares by Russell Cycles Walsall.


Mr Moult said “I thought about my initial promise to my sister, who is a spinal bifida sufferer herself, that I would complete this ride for her to highlight to others the amazing work that Shine are doing to enable people who struggle with the illness everyday to get the best out of their life.


“We’ve raised just over £1,100 so far but I’d love to make it to our £2000 goal. I’d encourage anyone who wants to support or find out more about Shine do to visit the Go Fund Me page.”


Now they (Andrew and his team) have been presented with medals on behalf of Shine at a special meeting of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA’s) transport delivery committee.


West Midlands Cycling and Walking Commissioner Adam Tranter, who also attended the meeting said: “Andrew is an inspiration and highlights the importance of our active travel routes being accessible to everybody.


“Whether it’s for recreation or transport, I want everybody to be able to benefit from active travel and that means making sure our routes work for people on adapted cycles.”


Written by: David Watkins

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