Our MD, Richard Rowson, is now in full training for an epic 144 mile Coast to Coast cycle with mountain biking buddies Simon McLean, Steven Spencer, Michael & David Crouch. They have called their team ‘C2C4JEN’ and are going to cycle from Whitehaven to Tynemouth from 15th to 17th June, so there are less than two months to countdown! They have risen to the challenge to support Cystic Fibrosis because David’s daughter and Mike’s sister Jenny lost her fight to the disease last February.
Jenny Crouch was a truly inspirational person who passed away aged 34 on 27 February 2016 after battling cystic fibrosis. She was a dedicated fundraiser for research into cystic fibrosis, appearing on the popular children’s show Blue Peter and raising thousands while at St Joseph’s RC High School in Horwich, where she was nominated for the Greater Manchester Police Young Citizen Award.
Jenny became a teacher and continued raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis. For 11 years she worked at St Peter and St Paul’s RC Primary School in Bolton where she was RE and sports co-ordinator as well as a class teacher. She lived her life to the full and had some amazing times and adventures with her friends. She absolutely loved her teaching and living independently but her health had been getting progressively worse and in the summer of 2015, she contracted a common cold and needed oxygen to breathe. She had to give up her job and a lung transplant was the only treatment option left, but she died before one became available.
Now a year after Jenny passed away the ‘C2C4JEN’ Team want to remember her and the work she had always done in raising money for research into cystic fibrosis.
All five members will have to train very hard over the next few months as they want to complete the cycle in 3 days cycling which will take them on minor roads, mountain bike tracks, and bridleways. There are some hard climbs along the way with one of the highest points at over 2,000 feet. With an average speed of around 7 miles per hour that is just less than 7 hours cycling per day but the team are up for the challenge to raise at least £3,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.