Fundraising cyclist’s £12,000 ‘retirement gift’ to Rough Lee care home
Back from left to right: Coun Tim O'Kane, Mick Warren, chairman of Rough Lee Home and Nicola's dad, Alison Wright, from Eric Wright Charitable Trust, Ian Wilbur, Mike Collier, chairman of Eric Wright Charitable Trust, Andrea Buckley, manager of Rough Lee Home, Liz Wilbur, and Eric Wright. Front: Nicola Warren
Ian Wilbur, whose stepdaughter Nicola lives at the home, rode from Preston to Dalbeattie
Ian Wilbur, 69, pedalled 150 miles over two days from Preston to his home in Dalbeattie, Scotland, after retiring.
The effort, which Ian devised because he cycled to work on his first day as a 15-year-old apprentice engineer, has raised more than £12,000 for the Alex Group-run Rough Lee Home, where his stepdaughter Nicola, 42, is a long-term resident.
The marvellous total was raised from individual donations, bolstered by a £5,000 contribution from Ian’s former employers the Eric Wright Trust, and will help fund en-suite bathrooms at the home, whose chairman Mick Warren is Nicola’s father.
Ian, who is married to Nicola’s mum Liz, described the generosity of donors as ‘phenomenal’.
He said: “The ride was a bit of a toil. When I set off it was a headwind all the way and I had to pedal to get downhill! It’s an excellent home, a superb place. We would like to keep it going for ever.”
Ian Wilbur cycled from Preston to Dalbeattie in Scotland