Pensioner to cycle over 200 miles - again!

By Mike Lewis in Charity

A SPRIGHTLY pensioner who last year raised over £13,000 for charity by cycling over 200 miles from his home in Stafford to St Davids is set to do it all again this summer – in reverse!

Dick Venables, 85, and his grandson Marcus undertook his 2016 marathon to raise money to build a shelter for Indian Dalit girls at risk, and also in memory of Dick’s late wife, Caty.

“The couple spent many happy family holidays in St Davids and the Venables family - have been involved in timber for over 160 years in the Stafford/Shropshire area - still visit the area a lot,” said a spokesperson. “Last time Dick had a mayoral reception on arrival and the community have been very supportive.”

Next month Dick will undertaking a more gruelling ride be crossing the Cambrian Mountains on his way back to Stafford.

The Pratigya shelter in India is on its way to completion and Dick went over to visit to see the progress in February. The shelter provides a safe place for young girls who are at risk of being forced into sexual exploitation in the southern Indian state of Telangana.

Dick hopes next month’s ride will help towards the total still needed for full expansion of the facility.

Dick’s sons’ company, Venables Oak, will double any monies raised.

More details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Grandadstourdewales/posts/

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