Going extra mile in memory of Simon

ON THEIR BIKES: Joanne and Haydn Pitchforth who are cycling 200 miles this weekend for charity.
ON THEIR BIKES: Joanne and Haydn Pitchforth who are cycling 200 miles this weekend for charity.

A HECKMONDWIKE teacher is using pedal power to cycle 200 miles in memory of her brother this weekend.

Joanne Pitchforth, along with her husband Haydn, is one of 42 riders taking part in the Hammer Out from Thornbury, near Bristol, to the Andrea’s Gift head quarters at Bingley.

The event is organised by Ian Meek who has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, but who will be among the riders.

The cyclists will be completing the challenge over two days stopping overnight at Stoke.

“We are doing this cycle in memory of my brother, Simon Haythornthwaite, who died at the age of 40 in 2005,” said Joanne.

It is not the first time she and Haydn have taken to the saddle for charity. Two years ago they completed the 65 miles Big Bike Ride from Wetherby to Scarborough, inspired by Simon.

“This is a big challenge for me since the furthest I have cycled before is the 65 miles from Wetherby to Scraborough,” said Joanne, who has also been the world bog snorkelling champion and plays underwater hockey.

“I have been in training though and joined the Batley Sports Centre Gym. We have also been out at weekends doing about 25 miles or more in all weathers.

“Andrea’s Gift is a fantastic charity that is working to support people with brain tumours and their families. It also funds a research lab in Leeds.

“Around 5,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour each year and around 700 of them are from Yorkshire and receive treatment through the Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Within that number, around 25 are children – brain tumours kill more of our children than any other cancer.

“If anyone remembers Simon or would like to support brain tumour research please sponsor us at our just giving site.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/Joanne-Pitchforth0.