Michael and gang cycled 170 miles for the Ark animals

Michael and Sue
Michael and Sue

Michael Watts of M J Watts Quality Vehicle Servicing and Repairs in Grimoldby cycled 170 miles to raise £517 for the Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home.

The Ark at North Somercotes is always grateful for donations and support and Michael was keen to help them out.

He and father in law Les Viner and friends Scott Ashdown and Danny McNally did the Coast to Coast Way of the Roses cycle ride from Morecambe to Bridlington over four days this summer.

They had clear blue skies every day. Michael said: “The weather was perfect for cycling.”

Before they left Morecambe they had their photo taken with the statue commemorating the resort’s famous son, comedian Eric Morecambe.

Michael said: “I would like to thank my mother in law Janet Viner who drove the support vehicle and kept us fed and watered.”

The group stayed at B&Bs along the route. Michael said: “The second day was the worst. The whole day was just hills. Even when we were going downhill it felt like we were going uphill!”

The group were delighted to arrive at the end of the route - Bridlington. “We had fish and chips on Bridlington sea front. They have never tasted so good. We picked up a pebble at Morecambe beach and carried it with us. We lobbed it in the sea at Bridlington.”

Last year Michael did a 40 mile cycle ride for good causes. He is now thinking about next year’s challenge!

Sue Rice from the Ark thanked Michael for his generous support.

She went along to M J Watts with two dogs who are looking for a new home together becaue their elderly owner had to go into care - Jack, 13, and Polly, 11.

Sue said the Ark always needs donations, food and bedding, though not feather duvets as the animals can rip them. The Ark’s vets bill for September alone was £3,000 and on top of that were costs for food and other items.

The Ark is home to a wide variety of different animals, dogs and cats of course, but also Penny the parrot and Peanut and Freda the squirrels.

They are looking for commercial sponsors for the stables. For a minimum donation of £250 a business will get their name put on a plaque on the building. The money will pay for hay for the horses.

If you can help call the Ark on 01507 358140.