A charitable Northampton man will use a lighthouse as his guide when he embarks on a 315-mile bike ride.
Pete Hulatt, aged 36, of Kingsthorpe, will cycle from the ‘Northampton Lighthouse’ to Lizard Point Lighthouse in Cornwall from May 15–17, to support a local charity.
Mr Hulatt, who has lost more than three stone in weight over the last year, aims to raise around £1,000 for The Lighthouse Centre charity.
He said: “Last year I decided to get fit and lose weight and part of that involved me getting back into cycling. I have been loving it ever since and I wanted a challenge.
“I have been friends with Gemma Dearsley, who runs the charity, since school and that’s one of the reasons why I decided to support it. I couldn’t think of a better cause to do this for.”
The volunteer-led charity, which was set up three years ago, provides complementary therapies to people in Northamptonshire in their own homes, when they are suffering from cancer or other long- term illnesses.
Mr Hulatt, who is currently training five days a week, said: “I am looking forward to doing it, but I must admit I am a bit apprehensive, especially about the last day because the hills will be bad. I will just have to keep my legs turning.
“I’m feeling really fit since I lost the weight and I am out on my bike most weekends, in the gym four to five times per week and go to spin classes once a week.”
The N Power employee added: “I go to Cornwall every year and I love it there. I also love the lighthouse.
“To go from Northampton’s Lift Tower to the lighthouse in Cornwall fits with The Lighthouse Centre.
“I want to raise as much money as possible for the charity.”
Miss Dearsley, who runs The Lighthouse Centre, said: “I am thrilled that Pete has chosen to support the charity and what a fantastic way to do it. It’s a very fitting event for our charity with the involvement with the lighthouse.
“It’s not an easy challenge to undertake but I have no doubt that Pete will succeed in it and it is something to be very proud of.”
She added: “As our charity is completely run by volunteers, every penny really does count and fund-raisers such as this one help us to continue to provide our services to local people who really need them.”
To sponsor Mr Hulatt visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/lighthousetolighthouse