Alfie and his Peddle Pushers cycle to Blackpool on an exercise bike

Press release posted 29 April 2015

Alfie Lamb, a 94 year-old resident at Your Housing Group's West Point Lodge sheltered scheme on Slade Lane in Levenshulme in Manchester is leading a charity challenge to cycle the 52 miles from Levenshulme to Blackpool on the exercise bike to raise money for The Christie.

Having recently received the exercise bike following a Dragons' Den style pitch event organised by the housing association, Alfie decided to immediately put it to good use to raise money for Manchester's Christie charity.

"We would have bid for a tandem exercise bike if there was such a thing. It would have been more fun." Alfie Lamb joked. "I've cycled since I was 14 and always enjoyed it. We went on a cycle camp to the Lake District in 1934. Unfortunately the rear break cable snapped, causing an accident but it didn't put me off. I lived in Gorton for 50 years and worked for an engineering company as a fitter of aircraft guns. I used a bike to get to work and all about."

The active pensioner, who will be 95 in June, still goes to the British Legion three nights a week, does his own shopping and cooking and enjoys watching bowls at Longsight cricket club.

Determined to do the challenge but mindful of his heart condition, Alfie has enlisted the help of Frances Farley, the scheme manager and other residents. The group, who have called themselves 'Alfie Lamb and his Peddle Pushers' will each will take it in turns to cycle more than 50 miles during a fundraising day on Sunday 3 May.

Frances Farley, West Point Lodge's scheme manager, who has organised the special charity fun day on Sunday 3 May said. "Conscious that Alfie suffers from angina, we're all going to help him clock up the miles. Everyone is welcome to come down and join in the fun. We're having a BBQ, refreshments and entertainment throughout the afternoon. We're asking people to donate a fiver and cycle for five minutes. That way we should reach our target and raise lots of money at the same time."

Keen bowling fan, Alfie, who played for Greater Manchester County for 50 years, and became their oldest player at 92 said; "I love Blackpool and still go several times a year to watch the crown green bowling competitions at The Waterloo Hotel's bowling green, home of the British crown green Bowling Association.

"I need a few volunteers to help me complete the challenge. All this peddling will certainly help us dodge the undertakers." He laughs.

The Christie Charity Fundraising Day at West Point Lodge will be on Sunday 3 May from 1.30pm until 5.30pm and the BBQ will be from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

To donate to Alfie Lamb and his Peddle Pushers Exercise Bike Challenge visit their Just Giving page ttps://www.justgiving.com/AlfieLambandhisPeddlePushers

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