Bob’s coastal bike ride

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A MENINGITIS survivor is to celebrate his retirement by taking part in a coastal bike ride to raise money for two charities close to his heart.

Bob Jones, 65, of Little Saxham, will cycle 6,000 miles anti clockwise around the coasts of England, Scotland and Wales.

He aims to raise £6,000 from his trek for the Meningitis Research Foundation and The Stroke Association.

Mr Jones suffered from meningococcal septicaemia, the blood-poisoning form of meningitis, in 1996.

He spent two weeks in hospital with his joints locked solid.

Meanwhile, his partner of 19 years, Bundy Mackintosh, 60, had a severe stroke in 2009, causing detrimental effects to her speech and writing abilities.

His journey, which he estimates will take just short of 100 days, starts on Saturday April 30 at Ipswich docks.

As part of Mr Jones’ enthusiasm for and research into the history of Britain’s harbours, he hopes to visit on average six ports a day.

He said: “My route follows, as faithfully as possible, the closest road or cycle track to the sea. In places such as Scotland’s West Coast, I will be travelling in the wrong direction, i.e. north, for several days, negotiating huge sea lochs.”

To donate and follow him on his travels visit www.coastrider.org.uk