Acton man prepares for 300-mile cycling challenge

Sudbury man Barry Moult is cycling 300 miles for the Forget-Me-Not dementia campaign. ANL-150317-171706001
Sudbury man Barry Moult is cycling 300 miles for the Forget-Me-Not dementia campaign. ANL-150317-171706001

A 60-year-old man from Acton is taking on a 300-mile cycling challenge from London to Paris to raise money for two hospital charities close to his heart.

After more than 10 years out of the saddle, Barry Moult is preparing for his biggest challenge yet in aid of West Suffolk Hospital’s Forget-Me-Not dementia campaign and Colchester Hospital’s cancer centre campaign.

He said he had been motivated by the impact of both illnesses on close family members.

“My mother-in-law has dementia and my brother died of cancer last year,” he said.

“This is a real challenge for me, but I wanted to do something to help two very worthwhile charities.”

Barry, who works at Colchester Hospital, will attempt to boost his fundraising efforts on Saturday when he cycles on a static bike in Sainsbury’s in Bury St Edmunds.

He said he was nervous, yet excited about the infamous 300-mile event, which finishes by the Eiffel Tower.

“The last time I cycled properly was 12 years ago – I have even had to borrow a bike to take part,” he said.

“But I have been training hard and I am looking forward to the challenge.

“I would like to thank Sainsbury’s for allowing me to raise funds in store as well as continue my training.”