Woolpack team takes on the Pennines for charity

Tom Plumb, Simon Plumb and Richard Burkitt in Southport before departing on their 240 mile bike ride. _pzKq8dR5pBXPty38qDi
Tom Plumb, Simon Plumb and Richard Burkitt in Southport before departing on their 240 mile bike ride. _pzKq8dR5pBXPty38qDi

Staff and friends of The Woolpack pub completed a 240 mile bike ride across the Pennines in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, and for a defibrillator to be fitted in the community.

The Woolpack hopes to raise a total of £5,000 before Christmas, which will be split between Alzheimer’s Society and the installation of a defibrillator at the pub.

Landlord Simon Plumb, his son Tom Plumb and friend Richard Burkitt have already raised £1,000 by completing a 240 mile bike ride last month from Southport to Louth, travelling across the Trans Pennine Route in four days.

Simon said: “It was a great thing to do, but we did have some problems along the 
way - two punctures and a route diversion - but overall, the four days were great fun and even better that we’ve managed to raise £1,000.

“I would recommend anyone to do it, the scenery is stunning and cycling over the Humber Bridge was amazing.”

The journey was sponsored by Louth Cycles who supplied energy drinks and gels for the trip, and Javelin Irrigation Systems of Louth helped with the transport from Louth to Southport.

Simon explained: “Without the sponsors it would have been a mission impossible.

“We want to thank them for all their help and overwhelming support.’

From the £5,000 that The Woolpack is hoping to raise, £3,000 will go towards Alzheimer’s UK, a charity close to both Simon and Richard’s hearts after seeing family members suffer from the illness. The remaining £2,000 will be spent on a defibrillator which will be located at the Woolpack.

Simon said: “Defibrillators are really important to have in communities as it can sometimes take a while for a responder to reach an accident.

“Having one at The Woolpack could help save someone’s life. They’re very expensive but very important to have available to the public.’

Simon hopes to raise the extra £4,000 through raffle draws at The Woolpack, and he is also currently planning a four day walk along Viking Way which will see the trio travel from the River Humber to Rutland.

To make a donation, visit Simon’s Just Giving page (via The Woolpack’s Facebook page), or by going into The Woolpack and speaking to the staff behind the bar.