Best friends are pedalling for Pam

Michael Docherty and Sonny Flood are cycling from Blackpool to Barcelona on a Pedal For Pam fundraiser
Michael Docherty and Sonny Flood are cycling from Blackpool to Barcelona on a Pedal For Pam fundraiser

A pair of cyclists are preparing for a mammoth 1,500 mile ride in memory of a popular school bursar.

After the death of Pam Cottam from acute myeloid leukaemia in Match aged 51, her daughter’s boyfriend, Sonny Flood, decided to take psoitive action.

Together with friend Michael Docherty, he came up with the idea of a sponsoered cycle from Pam’s hometown of Out Rawcliffe to Barcelona within 21 days.

The trek will see the pair take on a climb phase through the Pyrenees where they will take on the mighty Col du Tourmalet - a 19km Tour de France mountain pass from Luz-Saint-Sauveur to La Mongie.

Sonny, 23, who has just finished the first year of a law degree at Manchester University, said: “I’d always wanted to do a ride of a similar length, and after Pam died, it seemed right that I should do something to help a charity in her name.

“She was a hugely popular member of Carter’s Charity Primary School in Preesall, and we’ve had lots of support from people who knew her and were touched by her death.”

In preparation for the challenge, the friends have been on practice rides in the Lake District and in the Out Rawcliffe area.

Sonny added: “You always say you could be fitter, but we’ve been training hard.

“Our aim is to push ourselves to the absolute limit and make all these valuable donations truly worthwhile.”

Sonny and Michael will be joined by two friends as they cycle to the south coast, but are then on their own.

Their progress will be charted on a map in the Cartford Inn in Little Eccleston, where Sonny and girlfriend Sophie work.

Pub landlord Patrick Beaume, who is French, has been helping the men to plot their route through the country, and wife Julie has been adopted the role of fundraising manager.

So far around £5,000 has been raised, with hopes of reaching a target of £10,000 before the journey is completed.

All money will go towards Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

To find out more and to donate to the cause, visit: www.justgiving.com/pedalforpam