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Issue:- 26 June 2014

Becky gets on her bike to Brazil in a 5,438 mile Ride for Ryder

Becky Bethom gets on her bike to Brazil in a 5,438-mile bid to raise funds for the Ride to Ryder challenge, with Jeff Tabern, who donated the exercise cycle.

A St Helens shop manager is bidding to raise cash for charity by riding 5,438 miles on a donated exercise cycle; the same as biking to Brazil.  Becky Bethom is heading to Rio in her Ride for Ryder challenge with the aim of raising at least £543.80 for the UK charity. 

The 26 year old is the newly appointed manager of the Sue Ryder charity's store in Church Square Shopping Centre in St Helens.  "I wanted to do something to raise funds under the Ride for Ryder challenge. Then one of our regular customers offered to donate an exercise bike she and her former husband, a karate champion, no longer use, and I decided to bike to Brazil. Though I hadn't realised just how far away it is; it will certainly help me get in shape for summer!  I am determined to complete the ride and to raise £543.80 as well. I just hope that I manage to complete it while England are still part of the contest," said Becky, who admits to preferring watching rugby to football. 

She is aiming to rope in all the staff and volunteers who work at the store and raise even more funds for the charity, which provides compassionate care and support for people with palliative, long term and end of life needs at home, in hospices and at respite centres.

Church Square Shopping Centre Manager Steven Brogan, who is juggling managing the shop with looking after her 18 month old son Charlie said:- "Becky has given herself a massive challenge and I will be popping down when I can, to support her.  The Sue Ryder charity does a lot of excellent work across the North West, and I hope that all our shoppers also get along to the store to offer their support to Becky as well. I know that our customers are always very generous when it comes to charity events.  I love working in this store because it's lovely seeing the wide range of people who come in, whether to donate items or to have a look round. I have been surprised by the interest in recycling items from younger people, especially those who prefer not to see items thrown away in landfill sites, but given new homes.  We are fortunate in that people are happy to donate good quality items, such as children's clothes from very well known brands.  I know as a mum that they get through a lot of clothes in a day, but grow out of them so quickly. So it does make sense to buy nearly new; after all, who knows but you where it was last bought?"

The bike was donated by Val and her former husband Jeff Tabern from Wavertree, who regularly visit the store.  Former Liverpool Bluecoat design and technology teacher Val, 66, said:- "I visit the shop in St Helens most weeks to buy broken jewellery, which is when I heard about Becky's campaign to raise money for charity. I was more than happy to donate the bike; though she has taken on a massive challenge. When I get the old jewellery I re-use the beads and other items in new pieces of jewellery, which I sell at the craft fair at the centre, under my company Precious Things. I also donate a percentage of the money from those sales back to the charity."

Retired Pilkingtons fork lift driver Jeff, 73, said:- "We got the bike because I like to keep fit - I am a black belt at karate and used to run a karate club in the town, before I retired. We mainly now use a treadmill, and this was just taking up space, so donating it to the shop for this biking challenge was an excellent way of giving it new life." 

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