Cycling Leeds to Liverpool Canal and back in support of Manorlands Hospice

Ben and Dylan Wilson took on a cycle challenge with another member of the MPM team, John and his friend Mark Brown, in memory of their younger brother Syd who passed away earlier this year at Manorlands hospice, raising a whopping £6000.

The cycle ride took a total of 20.3 hours, 10 hours there and 10.3 hours back. They would like particularly to thank the Novotel in Liverpool. Once they knew what the team were doing, they provided a picnic meal for the cycle home, it was a great gesture that was not expected and helped them on their way.

“I had done the full length one way about 8 years ago. I really struggled to finish because I didn’t train or eat properly, thinking “It’s all flat so it will be easy” How wrong I was! I always felt that I had ‘unfinished business’ with the canal, so to do it both ways for me was a great personal achievement and to do it as a tribute to Syd was the icing on the cake,”
said John Dobbin.

2018 proved to be a challenging year for the brothers, as they were just getting ready to celebrate their 40th year in business they suffered a devastating blow in February when a major fire took hold and burned their business to the ground.

At the same time their younger brother Syd was undergoing major lifesaving surgery and when the phone went to tell them about the fire, they were just glad that it was not bad news from the hospital. However, Syd deteriorated during 2018 and came to spend his final days at the Sue Ryder hospice – Manorlands in Oxenhope and unfortunately passed away in February of this year.

“Whilst the cycle ride was a real challenge, it was fun and gave me a real sense of achievement. Our team spirit kept us going, particularly when I had to dig deep in the final run in to Leeds. It was an emotional ride, remembering Syd – but proud to be doing something to support all the hard work the hospice does to help families like ours in their darkest hours,” concluded Ben.