Pedal pals plant trees in memory of loved ones

111822_TREE_PLANT_18/05/11''(l-r) Abi Levy, Martin Beeson, Ian Currie and Karen Currie. ''Martin and Ian will be cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for The Rowans Hospice. Along the way they will be planting tress to remember the trip.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (111822-277)

111822_TREE_PLANT_18/05/11''(l-r) Abi Levy, Martin Beeson, Ian Currie and Karen Currie. ''Martin and Ian will be cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for The Rowans Hospice. Along the way they will be planting tress to remember the trip.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (111822-277)

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Two cyclists pedalled across the country planting trees along the way in memory of lost loved ones.

Friends Ian Currie, 49, and 25-year-old Martin Beeson took part in the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle challenge to fundraise for the Rowans Hospice, in Purbrook.

And during their two-week journey the kind-hearted pair planted trees in 14 different locations in memory of other people’s family members and friends.

Ian of Southwood Road, Hayling Island, says: ‘My wife Karen has always done things for charity and so I decided to give it a go.

‘Her mother had ovarian cancer and stayed in Rowans for some time, which is why we have chosen to fundraise for them.

‘I have to say I had a great time doing this cycle challenge, it really put the fun in fundraising.

‘Some days were quite torturous as we were up against the weather and had a few punctures.

‘But we still carried on and it was great.’

Sponsors paid to have trees planted and a plaque was placed next to each one.

‘The UK has some beautiful sights and you really need to take time and see it,’ adds Ian, who runs construction firm, Currie Design.

‘I’m already planning my next challenge – a cycle from London to Gibraltar.

‘People sponsored a minimum of £200 per tree and altogether we have raised about £5,000, for the hospice.’

The cyclists went through St Columb Major, in Cornwall; Great Torrington, Devon; Wedmore, Somerset; Kerne Bridge, Herefordshire; Buildwas, Shropshire; Warburton, near Manchester; Burton in Lonsdale, Yorkshire and Happendon, Lochearnhead, Fort William, Muir of Ord, Syre and Wick, all in Scotland.

Martin says: ‘It was good and it was difficult.

‘It was particularly testing in the Highlands because there was really bad weather and we were quite close to cars.

‘There was one time I wasn’t sure if we were going to make it, but we did and I did have a good time.’

A support team made up of Karen and personal trainer and nutritionist, Abi Levy, accompanied them.

Abi, 18, lost her 29-year-old mother Lorraine Levy to breast cancer when she was just one and planted a tree in her memory.

To read blogs about their epic fundraising journey go to treeo.co.uk.

To donate, visit justgiving.com/treeo and to sponsor Ian on his next charity challenge email icurrie@btinternet.com.

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