HE WAS part of a group that cycled 900 miles from one end of the UK to the other.
Now, Pete Plowman is celebrating having raised about £2,000 for the doctors and nurses who saved his life when he suffered a brain haemorrhage over two years ago.
Pete, 45, from Jervis Road in Portsmouth, cycled from John O’Groats in Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall.
He took part in the bike ride along with four other cyclists in aid of Smile4Wessex – which raises money for the Wessex Neurological Centre at Southampton general hospital, where Pete was treated.
The charity provides acute and specialist neurological care to patients from across the area.
He said: ‘It was enjoyable but it was a challenge.
‘I feel absolutely amazing now. I wasn’t expecting to raise so much. I’m really touched that people got behind me.
‘For me it was a way of thanking people at the hospital for the treatment they gave me.
‘The fact that it’s going to help children in the future is important. I’m paying them back a little bit for what they did for me.
‘If I can help just one child get a better life or better treatment then I feel I have done my bit.’
For most of the journey down to Cornwall, the team stayed overnight in churches where they were given somewhere to sleep and food.
But Pete said that the challenge was tougher than he had prepared for.
‘It was definitely harder than I imagined it was going to be,’ he said.
‘It was a life experience.
‘It taught me a lot about myself, and it taught me to be more tolerant of other people.
‘It was quite an experience to spend 24 hours a day for two weeks in the company of strangers.
‘Now we would do anything for each other. We have seen the good side of each other and the bad and seen each other at breaking point and encouraged them to carry on.’