Heysham mum raises thousands in 24 hour cycle challenge

Lisa Preston with her two sons, Jacob (left) and Alex (right) taking part in the bikathon for The Lullaby Trust.
Lisa Preston with her two sons, Jacob (left) and Alex (right) taking part in the bikathon for The Lullaby Trust.
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A Heysham mum has completed a 24 hour cycle challenge which has raised thousands of pounds for her best friend’s charity.

Lisa Preston decided to do a bikeathon in Asda Lancaster to raise money for The Lullaby Trust and Alexander’s 100k Challenge.

Lisa’s best friend Nicola Richardson lost her son Alexander to sudden infant death syndrome – also known as cot death – when he was 17 months old.

At least 300 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly every year due to sudden infant death syndrome but no research has taken place for a older age.

The mum-of-three’s determination to get answers for the family helped her through the cycle challenge which raised £5,275. The money will go towards Professor Neil Sebire’s £100,000 two year study into cot death for over ones.

More than 400 miles was cycled on the day which will help Lisa prepare for her next fundraiser for the family, a bikeathon from London Tower to Blackpool Tower on June 19.

Lisa said: “Lots of people came to support me. I had a rota of friends who came and did one hour stints with me throughout the 24 hours.

“I’m amazed and very happy to have raised so much money; Nicola feels the same.”

Lisa began the challenge at the supermarket in Ovangle Road at 4pm on Friday February 20 and finished at 4pm the following day.

She said: “The hardest part was the last four-five hours due to the pain of sitting in the saddle for so long!

“The boys loved it, they did the first hour with me and came back on Saturday morning to do another hour.

“I would like to thank Asda Lancaster, all it’s customers and my family and friends for their tremendous support throughout the 24 hours.”