Pair set for 300-mile ride for terminally-ill Great Cornard woman

TWO men’s preparations for a 300-mile sponsored cycle are gathering pace, despite the awful weather.

Adrian Copsey, of Eldred Drive in Great Cornard, will ride from St Nicholas in Pembrokeshire to St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds in three days with his friend Christopher Sampson, from Glemsford, on May 12.

The pair are raising money for the hospice as Mr Copsey’s terminally-ill sister-in-law, Amanda Wade, from Great Cornard, has been treated there.

“We did the Boxford Tornado, which is 60 miles, and that was fine even though there was a headwind with rain and hail,” said Mr Copsey, who fits in two 20-mile rides a week between working at JCS Hi-Torque on the Chilton industrial estate and refereeing Ridgeons, Essex and Suffolk Border and Sudbury Sunday league football.

They will travel to St Nicholas the day before they begin their journey, which includes overnight stays in Hereford and Milton Keynes, backed by a support vehicle donated by Lavenham firm Howlett Leasing and £300 of repair equipment from a Sheffield cycle company. The pair have also received sponsored jerseys from Chilton Office Supplies in Windham Road in Sudbury.

Having already raised more than £500, Mr Copsey is hoping to get some last-minute donations.

“The hospice is like a bottomless pit – it eats money so we want to get as much as we can,” he said.

Donations can be made at Howlett Leasing or at