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Bury St Edmunds police officer takes on charity bike ride inspired by daughters’ premature birth

Members of the cycle team, from left, Pc Mike Potter, Sgt Andy Beeby, Kevin Harris (Velopro owner), Pc John Frith, Pc Robbie Beecroft and Pc Michael Geeson

Members of the cycle team, from left, Pc Mike Potter, Sgt Andy Beeby, Kevin Harris (Velopro owner), Pc John Frith, Pc Robbie Beecroft and Pc Michael Geeson

A police officer based at Bury St Edmunds was joined by a team of nine colleagues and friends for a gruelling 205-mile bike ride on Monday.

The challenge, sponsored by Bury cycle store Velopro, was inspired by Tommy Godwin who set a record in 1939 of cycling 75,065 miles in a year – an average of 205 miles each day - and aimed to raise £1,000 for The Sick Children’s Trust.

Pc Michael Geeson’s twin daughters, Darcey and Erin, were born five weeks prematurely at Addenbrooke’s last year. They had trouble feeding and spent two weeks receiving treatment in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Michael’s wife, Alison, stayed in hospital while she recovered from her caesarean, but Michael was forced to make a 70-mile round trip for visits - that is until he was offered a room in Chestnut House, a ‘home from home’ provided by the charity.

Michael said: “Alison and I are so grateful for the support we received from The Sick Children’s Trust and when we left Chestnut House we vowed to do something to help.”

To donate, go to ww.justgiving.com/Michael-Geeson

 

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