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Wirral man raises money for CAFOD – with bike ride in solidarity with African trek


A man from the Wirral who was planning to raise money for the international development charity CAFOD in a 200-mile bike ride in Africa isn’t letting his health condition stop him from taking part from afar.

Tony Clarke, 53, was intending to travel to Kenya in July to take part in a four-day bike ride from Nairobi. But when the cost of health insurance for diabetes and bipolar affective disorder made this impossible, he had to improvise.

Instead of making the 6,000-mile trip to Nairobi, Tony took on the solo ride in England and Wales at the same time as the group in Africa. He travelled from his home in New Brighton to Prestatyn, Prestatyn to Llandudno and back again via Chester.

Tony, who is nearing the end of his ride, said: “It was a shame when my health conditions made the insurance cost jump to three times the cost of the flight, so cycling in parallel here in England and Wales was the next best thing.

“I was sad not to be riding in the same temperatures or at the same altitude as the group in Africa, but I’ll be riding in solidarity with them and my children will be coming to cheer me along at various points!

“It was an honour to be asked by one of my college friends to take part in this ride. CAFOD is a charity close to my heart and that of my family.  I’ve doubled my initial target of £250 so I’m really pleased.”

CAFOD’s local representative in New Brighton, Katie Hallows, added: “It’s great that Tony overcame this obstacle and is now completing the bike ride in solidarity with the group in Africa.

“The money he has raised will make a huge difference to the lives of so many people living overseas, helping to equip communities with the skills and opportunities they need to live with dignity and support their families. Well done Tony!”


(Words and pictures courtesy of CAFOD)