Cycle in memory of mother and wife to support charity

From left, Alan Knight presenting the signed Pompey shirt to Angie's husband Robert Gerrard, 46, cousin Carrol Bellinger, 51, and son Mattie Gerrard, 20, outside Fratton Park. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151074-3287)
From left, Alan Knight presenting the signed Pompey shirt to Angie's husband Robert Gerrard, 46, cousin Carrol Bellinger, 51, and son Mattie Gerrard, 20, outside Fratton Park. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151074-3287)
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CYCLISTS rode 110 miles in memory of a beloved wife and mother to raise funds for a cancer charity and hospice.

The group of 17 riders received support from Pompey with former player Alan Knight seeing them off from Fratton Park on their route to Chard in Somerset.

Angie Gerrard died from cancer on June 6, 2014 at the age of 43.

Her husband, Robert, and son Matthew were determined to honour her memory with a cycle on the anniversary of her death to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and St Margaret’s Hospice in Chard, which cared for Angie during her illness.

Angie, who lived in Chard but whose family were from Portsmouth, was a big Pompey fan, so her cousin, Carrol Bellinger, of Havant, decided to contact the club to see if they would support the cycle.

She said: ‘I approached Fratton Park and they said that Alan Knight might be willing to support us. I emailed him and he said he’d be happy to help.

‘On the day the boys turned up at Fratton Park with their bikes and I hadn’t told them about Alan so it was a nice surprise when they saw him.

‘It was really good and we were really grateful to the club.’

Alan presented Rob and Matthew with a signed Pompey shirt, before they set off, along with 15 other friends and family members, to Salisbury on June 5, where they stayed overnight, leaving the next day for Chard.

They crossed the finish line in Chard High Street that day where Carrol, Angie’s daughter Kayleigh, and more than 200 others had gathered to greet them, including the Mayor of Chard.

Carrol added: ‘We were worn out just watching then come up the hill, but they were buzzing.

‘Angie was such a lovely person. She would do anything for anyone. She was another sister to me.

‘The finishing day of the cycle was an emotional day. She would have been proud of all of them.’

Rob is embarking on several other fundraising adventures and will announce how much has been raised overall next month.